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Select the Right Low Field Shielding Alloy Material Throughout the decades and increasingly today, design and electrical engineers, OEMs, metal suppliers and fabricators worldwide refer to mumetal as the industry standard. Professionals may use the mumetal name as a generic term but not realize that it is in fact a registered trade name. MuMETAL®, a high nickel content alloy specified for low-frequency shielding applications, is used to resolve electro-magnetic interference (EMI) problems. “Engineers understand that proper material selection is crucial and care must be taken to ensure consistency, quality, and shielding efficiency of the materials used for custom shields and production parts as other companies may misrepresent this brand.”, stated Mr. Mark D. Wickler, President and CEO of Magnetic Shield Corporation. The mumetal formulation and exacting spec provides maximum magnetic permeability or the highest degree of shielding for use in most electrical and electronic applications implemented today by OEMs, government and national labs, R & D and private laboratories, as well as scientific and medical universities. Across a wide array of industries and markets such as automation, robotics, aerospace, aviation, automotive, communications, hand-held devices, IoT technology, medical, scientific, R & D, and OEMs, design and electrical engineers face challenges of increased complexity when creating new product design drawings for all types of electronic device and component layouts. Designers often encounter problems with densely packed electronic assemblies that have internal components interfering with each other. When the electromagnetic interference (EMI) includes low frequency fields (30 to 300 Hz), magnetic shielding is essential to assure proper operation of the electronic equipment without failure. Engineers must also design and manufacture products, equipment, machinery, devices, parts, and instrumentation to meet applicable regulations or standards. Because MuMETAL is an industry reference material with different characteristics than proprietary alloys, when the specification or the application calls for a magnetically soft or high permeability material, mumetal can frequently be successfully applied. One of the most important design questions is whether the source field is internal or external, and which field is most economical and practical to shield. Internal interference is created by designed-in components located within a circuit, system, enclosure, piece of equipment or room. External interference or the H-field source is created by unwanted nearby fields radiating from power lines, circuits, electrical enclosures, transformers, electro-magnetic machinery and the earth’s magnetism. Secondly, should the source of interference or the sensitive device be shielded? The answer to this question depends on several factors. Shielding the source may involve stronger fields, and therefore thicker materials. All interference sources must be shielded, or the sensitive device will still be affected. The usual approach is to shield the sensitive device. This prevents interference from both present and future sources. A hands-on approach to solving a shielding problem can be accomplished with the use of a lab kit, testing, and prototyping.

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Mr. Wickler also spoke about the importance of continued lab testing, “Over several decades, we have performed hundreds of laboratory tests and calculated thousands of shielding equations—all in an effort to continually validate the theoretical application of magnetic interference control in both AC and DC applications, and to aid engineers in shield design. A documented and effective reference tool, the B-H curve chart depicts the material capabilities to attenuate and absorb a wide range of magnetic fields.” Shielding efficiency is a result of material composition, specific gravity, thickness, grain structure within the alloy, and hardness. Material selection will depend on the strength of the unwanted field (Ho) and the amount of field attenuation required. MuMETAL is the preferred solution because of its reliable performance for reducing low-frequency electromagnetic interference (EMI). Available as stress annealed (partially annealed for ease of machinability) sheet stock, it is used for fabricated shields such as enclosures, cylinders, cans, channels or 3-D boxes. Complex cylindrical shaped shields are the most efficient for redirecting and reducing magnetic fields. Typically, hydrogen atmospherically controlled perfection annealing or final annealing is required after stamping, machining, bending, rolling, severe forming or welding, and is crucial in relieving material stress and developing the alloy’s maximum shielding performance. The perfection annealed fabricated shields and parts are then tested at our in-house quality control lab to certify that the demanding specifications are met. Located in the USA Chicago metro area, Magnetic Shield Corporation has been a leader in the custom shielding fabrication market, manufacturer, and supplier for over 75 years; providing expertise and engineering consulting on thousands of projects, applications and shielding designs. For more information regarding our proprietary shielding alloys and forms available, wiring and cable shielding, Zero Gauss Chambers, and modular MuROOMS view our websites here www.magnetic-shield.com, or www.mu-metal.com.


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CF-MESH+® is an easy-to-use CFD meshing product provided by Creative Fields that works with precise and imprecise geometry. The software provides automatic meshing workflows with an intuitive user interface that allows for superior user experience and productivity. CF-MESH+ generates very large and complex volume meshes in only a fraction of the time and effort needed by most CFD meshing software. The meshes generated by CF-MESH+ have been successfully used in various types of CFD simulations, from the automotive aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, human hemodynamics (blood vessels), HVAC, to chemical processing, and civil engineering.

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Automatic Print Inspection using 4Sight Technology AutoCoding Systems will be demonstrating their latest innovation in vision at the forthcoming UKIVA Machine Vision Conference. The 4Sight solution, powered by SICK AppSpace, is a true industry breakthrough in automatic print inspection. “No Read” - some characters are legible but below the threshold for a “Good Read”

The global partnership between AutoCoding Systems and SICK has resulted in the development of a new innovative solution for checking the presence, accuracy and legibility of printed codes. Incorrect, illegible or missing codes on consumer products can cause serious, and expensive, problems for manufacturers, but typically reading and inspecting of printed codes, particularly on high speed lines, has always been challenging due to the many application specific variables.

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The 4Sight application communicates directly with any brand of printer, with no requirement to “teach” the camera what to look for. Unlike more orthodox vision inspection techniques, no fixturing, such as an edge or logo, is needed; the software can automatically cope with variations in artwork, background and text location. All processing is undertaken onboard the SICK camera where the 4Sight software resides meaning no line-side PC is needed. There is a simple set-up process for camera position, set-up, focus, illumination and exposure time, with no requirement for operators to configure features or regions of interest. The software automatically adjusts to accommodate real-time message changes, such as date code and clock time. In addition, there are a number of configurable features to allow the solution to be easily optimised for fast processing time, making it an ideal print inspection solution for high speed applications. The application offers full flexibility allowing users to determine acceptable print quality tolerances and define what is considered a good

read, bad read or no read on a per product basis. As well as operating seamlessly with AutoCoding, the 4Sight software can be used as standalone solution or connected to any code deployment system and also offers full integration to various types of label editing software. Managing Director, Mike Hughes, will be delivering a presentation to delegates at the upcoming June Machine Vision Conference where he’ll consider some of the challenges of using vision technology to automatically inspect printed information. He commented, ““Historically AutoCoding Systems has used its standard product to automate packaging line devices and, within a workflow, integrate its product to other customer infrastructure systems, as needed. Frequently, AutoCoding is used to deliver solutions in coding and packaging verification, where printed codes and variable information are fully controlled for all brands of printers and coding technologies by the AutoCoding software. The 4Sight application adds a muchdesired vision solution to our coding management capabilities. Inspecting printed codes, particularly at continuous inkjet speed, has always been fraught with challenges, making living with a print vision system quite difficult in terms of nuisance stops or false rejections, causing unnecessary line stops. 4Sight uses new and innovative methods for print inspection, simplifying the process and making vision accessible to all budgets.”

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High performance DC/DC converters with 1.5 million hours MTBF The range of DC/DC converters from PowerGood is available from Ideal Power. The new ESBN, ESCN and ESAN series power supplies are highly reliable, with a Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) of 1.5 million hours. The high reliability and performance of the converters makes them well-suited to robotics and other instrumentation applications, as well as transportation and railway applications. The converters are supplied completely encased to protect against harsh environments, and meet the EN61000 safety standard. To improve reliability, the converters have fewer components, with no life constraining capacitors. The products are available with embedded heat sink as an option which allows them to work under extended operating temperature range of -40ºC to 115ºC (for the ESBN series) or -45ºC to 115ºC (for the ESCN series).

use synchronous rectification to achieve high power conversion efficiency of up to 89% (ESAN and ESBN) or 90% at 5V/8A full load (ESCN). They provide input-to-output isolation of up to 6000Vdc (ESAN), 1600Vdc (ESBN) or 2000Vdc (ESCN), with a 2:1 / 4:1 ultra-wide input range. Output power is up to 15W (ESAN), 30W (ESBN) or 60W (ESCN). The converters are provided in a compact package with an industry-standard pinout. The ESBN measures 1.0" x 1.0" x 0.4" or 0.5" (25mm x 25mm x 10 or 12mm), while the ESCN measures 2.0" x 1.0" x 0.4" (51mm x 25mm x 10mm).

The ESAN offers an operating temperature range of -40ºC to 70ºC.

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Help segregate and recycle your waste! Are you complying with the new waste regulations that actually came into force back in January 2015? To help comply Beaverswood’s range of warehouse packaging waste sacks called racksack’s can be used to either hold material for re-using or to segregate waste. The sacks are now available in a choice of Green or Blue each with a choice of 14 standard print designs, other designs including some company logos can also be printed to your specification.

There is a large increase on landfill tax year on year with businesses seeking new ways to segregate & recycle more warehouse waste products, not only for economical point of view but environmental as well. This waterproof polyester sack with its supplied “S” hook fixings is perfect not only for use on racking & shelving but can be quickly and easily used on other substrates. The sack has been designed with quality in mind & can be re-used withstanding the rigours of a busy environment. The racksack features a large open mouth to easily receive waste and with its tapered design it will not intrude into valuable warehouse space. Three strong handles are double stitched into the edge of the sack, one on each side for carrying and one on the base, so that the sack can be easily titled from the base and emptied.

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Further details on the regulations can be found by clicking here. New – Mobile Waste Recycling Rather than just having semi-fixed waste recycling stations Beaverswood have introduced 2 new sacks that are designed to move around the warehouse with the personnel, these sacks either fit onto trolleys or roll cages to keep the whole warehouse and workplace neat and tidy. Trolley sacks are available in a choice of single or double pockets and can be used with trolleys up to 580mm wide. Cagesacks are ideal for use on mesh roll containers up to 800mm wide. Both are made from tough waterproof polyester, and can adequately withstand the rigours of an industrial environment. Fits either by hooking over the sides or can also be secured via eyelets in the top corners. The current racksack range can be viewed by clicking here. The racksack range of products continues to grow to match their demand – we are giving you a sneek peak of new designs that will be launched shortly. These new designs feature symbols only rather then a generic recycling symbol and text. For further details on these new waste management recycling sacks, please contact the sales office on 0118 9796096 or email sales@beaverswood.co.uk

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Why choose Instrument Hire? Today, firms operating in the built environment sector face many challenges, managing equipment resource costs has always been vital for success but in times of economic and political uncertainty, the rental of expensive pieces of equipment can be the most cost-effective solution to acquiring specialist test instrumentation without the need to outlay large capital sums. More and more companies are now using the hiring of equipment as the preferred solution to their needs, as it frees up capital to focus on its core activities without compromising its businesses growth.

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an Higgins, Sales Manager at BSRIA Instrument Solutions (BIS), one of the UK’s leading suppliers said “There are many benefits of equipment rental rather than direct ownership with access to a wide range of up-to-date technology, when you need it, probably being the greatest benefit. Hire of instrumentation ensures that no money is tied up when equipment is not being used, and the hidden costs to ownership such as maintenance are also not incurred. Currently it is impossible for any UK business to ignore the ‘B’ word, and with uncertainty over exactly what the fallout from Brexit may look like, many firms are wisely being prudent with regards to capital expenses especially in the short term. Clarity of its impact on the UK business landscape will take time to materialise regardless of the outcome. This uncertainty affects everyone in the supply chain and equipment rental provides an ideal solution by allowing firms to flex resources quickly to match customer demands without the need for often lengthy and expensive procurement and credit processes. With such a wide variety of instruments available rental allows for a better planning of costs on a projectby-project basis. For example, if you are to embark on a thermal imaging survey a good quality camera can be purchased for this task costing in the order of £7000, and if a wideangle or telephoto lens is needed the equipment cost for these can mount up further.  The rental charge for the same equipment can be in the region of £350 per week, and this lower cost option soon becomes an attractive

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proposition to buying for many c o m p a n i e s especially when finances are tight. On balance, hiring has never looked better”. When selecting a supplier for rental, careful consideration must be given to the level of service needed. For example, does the rental company operate a quality accredited calibration system for the items it offers for hire? A simple question to ask but one that is often overlooked.  Correct calibration is of paramount importance especially in regulated and safety critical environments, a lack of recognised accredited calibration could be why the rental cost are low.  Likewise does the company offer any technical back up to the products within its rental range, or does it simply refer the user back to the manufacturer if a problem arises? Is the rental company tied to a single supplier, or does it source it from the best equipment manufacturers from around the world and have access to an extensive product range? Finally does the rental company have a regional presence so goods can be picked-up in person or promptly delivered to site with a same day carrier service? In summary, instrument rental can be a cost-effective solution to acquiring expensive pieces of instrumentation especially if it is only used on an ad-

hoc basis. Careful selection of the rental company is important, and choosing one not tied to a single manufacturer ensures access to the best suppliers of instrumentation around the world. BSRIA Instrument Solutions is a leading supplier of specialist test and measurement instruments since 1990 and can assist engineers from all industries in selecting instruments that meet and exceed their expectations. It has built its reputation by providing the most reliable and advanced test equipment from leading manufacturers supporting it with a high level of customer service they can offer a choice of thermal imaging solutions with products from the leading instrument manufacturers. For further details of the Instrument Solutions equipment hire, sales and calibration capabilities visit www.bsria.co.uk/instruments or call our team on freephone 0800 2545566 (UK) or +44 (0) 1344 459314.


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Wireless angle measurement Sherborne Sensors introduces its WTS Wireless Tilt System – a flexible, allweather radio telemetry system designed to provide high accuracy remote angle measurement data in a wide range of applications. The System (WTS) is designed to provide surveyors, geotechnical specialists and structural engineers with a complete measurement solution, without the cost, impracticality and system installation times of traditional wired methods. The WTS is a flexible all-weather radio telemetry system that delivers highly accurate, remote angle measurement data. The heart of the system is the WTS Wireless Inclinometer; a high-accuracy robust instrument utilising advanced MEMS sensor technology to ensure maximum reliability. A variety of complementary base stations and either PC or handheld data acquisition modules are offered to allow a complete measurement system to be

configured to suit any application. A wide variety of fixed base stations and hand-held readers are available to enable the user to tailor the system to their optimal requirements. A wide range of sensor input options is possible to add other sensor types to the wireless network to provide the full data spectrum required The WTS uses an advanced MEMS sensor to ensure high accuracy and maximum reliability. The multi-channel and distortion-free digital two-way telemetry system has a wireless range up to 330ft (100m), 18-blt resolution and long battery life. Its robust design will ensure precision operation over many years in the most demanding environments. Using the WTS Wireless Tilt System, a single structure can be fitted with low power WTS Inclinometers at strategic points, thus helping to determine where weak points may be and when maintenance is required. The range of application is endless and reaches from measuring the angle of ailerons on an aircraft to the tilt angle monitoring of historical buildings. Furthermore, the WTS can be used to verify design calculations during the manufacture of new structures, providing valuable data for refining computer-aided modelling of structural behaviour. A variety of complementary base stations and PC or hand-held data acquisition modules are available to deliver a complete measurement solution configurable to any type of structural health monitoring application. T +44 (0)1256 630300 www.sherbornesensors.com

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New DC Platform: Interroll presents an innovative drive solution Sant’Antonino, Switzerland, February 19, 2019. Interroll is setting new standards in modern material flow technology. Interroll’s innovative range of coordinated RollerDrive products, control systems and power supply elements positions system integrators and plant constructors to now provide even more individual solutions for their customers, from plug-and-play standard applications to systems with Industry 4.0 functionality. The requirements placed on zero-pressure-accumulation material flow systems are becoming more demanding in terms of their technical performance. For a while now, users have required more than simply high throughputs or versatility in terms of the goods to be transported. As automation becomes more common, intelligent goods flow control plays an ever more significant role in conveyance systems. With the DC Platform, Interroll has developed a powerful technology platform that fulfills these requirements in an exemplary manner. “With the new DC Platform, system integrators and plant constructors can choose from an innovative, coordinated range of technological solutions from a single supplier, all based on years of development and testing,” explains Armin Lindholm, Managing Director of the global Center of Excellence for rollers and RollerDrive in Wermelskirchen. “It enables them to deal with users’ requirements in a more individual manner. This new platform can be used to create a unique range of conveying solutions, from autonomous conveyors that can be commissioned without a programmable logic controller (PLC) using plug-and-play, all the way to tailor-made, high-performance systems that can be consistently and transparently integrated into the data universe of Industry 4.0 applications for the purpose of monitoring in control stations, for preventive maintenance or for other functions.” Experience the benefits of 48 V technology The new modular platform makes it possible for system integrators and plant constructors to design conveying systems according to customers’ requests in both 24 V and 48 V versions. With this step, Interroll is driving the technical evolution of protective low-voltage solutions that has been sketched out by automotive manufacturers. 48 V systems therefore enable the use of up to 50 percent fewer power supply elements than in 24 V systems. They enable the use of smaller wire cross-sections and longer wire lengths, and reduce the number of error sources, for instance as a result of voltage drops on the wires. This significantly reduces the investment required in the entire

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system and the risk of errors during commissioning. Three power levels to choose from with the new RollerDrive However, customers don’t just have more options when it comes to the voltage type of the new DC Platform. The new RollerDrive EC5000 also offers more flexibility in terms of its mechanical output power. The new motor rollers are available in 20 W, 35 W and 50 W versions that can take on any transport tasks for light or heavy goods. To support the implementation of conveyor solutions for heavy goods, Interroll offers the 50 W power option as well as a RollerDrive version with tubes measuring 60 mm in diameter instead of 50 mm. What’s more, the well-known IP66 and Deep Freeze design options are available; these enable RollerDrive solutions to be implemented even in areas that are cleaned using powerful water jets or that reach temperatures as low as -30° C. Bus interface opens the door to Industry 4.0 Alongside the tried-and-tested analog interface, the EC5000 can be supplied with a bus interface based on the CANOpen standard, upon request. This means that modern conveying systems can offer data transparency for the first time. In combination with an Interroll control system with multi-protocol capability (PROFINET, EtherNet/IP and EtherCat), this means that users can consistently visualize a range of information and functions on the screen using the PLC or a web interface. One example is the display of general information about the current operating state and the operating load of the individual drives over time. In parallel, the control systems enable a range of detailed information such as precise error statuses, torque or temperature, for instance, to be read out for each individual drive. At the same time, the new RollerDrive’s bus interface enables users to carry out completely new control functions that are required in an automated environment. As a result, users can control the acceleration, speed and deceleration of the conveyed goods in the system more precisely. This solution also allows them to position the relevant goods on the conveyor to the nearest millimeter— a key requirement in order to guarantee seamless conveying interplay between the conveyor solution and robots or automated gripper arms. LogiMAT 2019 visitors can find Interroll at Stand K41 in Hall 1. www.interroll.com


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Adelphi Chairman Stephen Holroyd

celebrates 50-year anniversary In the spring of 1969, a lot happened in the UK. The first test-flight of Concorde took place, the first ever B&Q opened, John Lennon and Yoko Ono got married, and Lulu came joint first in the Eurovision Song Contest. Also, Stephen Holroyd joined Adelphi.

Adelphi supply process and packaging machinery to many industries, including pharmaceutical & laboratory, food & beverage, cosmetics & personal care, and more. Stephen has steered the Adelphi Group through phenomenal change and growth during his time at the helm. This has included the formation of Adelphi Tubes in 1970, the purchase of Fluid Equipment Company in 1973, the move to Haywards Heath in 1984, the acquisition of Coldstream Engineering in 1994 and the purchase of Masterfil in 2007, to name just a few. On Friday 12th April, Adelphi celebrated Stephen’s extraordinary tenure at their Sussex site, with a cake, some champagne, and an extremely personal gift: a working scale replica of their popular Response Benchtop Filler! In front of Stephen’s family, including his daughter and grandchildren, Sales Directors Dean Willis and Gavin Crauford-Taylor paid tribute to Stephen in moving speeches: “Stephen really does have a vast array of industry achievements, and everyone at Adelphi was proud to see these recognised when Stephen deservedly won the PPMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. Credit also needs to be given to his wonderful wife Angela, who has been behind Stephen and behind Adelphi on the whole journey.

As well as Stephen’s working achievements, to really do him justice, we have to appreciate the extraordinary personal impact he has had in these 50 years, both for Adelphi’s staff and for the local community. 50 years in one industry and at one company is an extraordinary achievement for anyone, but even more extraordinary is the inexhaustible energy and enthusiasm which Stephen continues to bring. He still genuinely loves it, and even though he is no longer directly involved with seeing customers, he still retains his salesman’s love of new statistics, new orders and new business opportunities. His incredible vision, momentum and drive keeps pushing Adelphi, and all of our staff, to achieve more. Stephen also likes to employ local people, and to give back to the local community, sponsoring many local events such as the Cuckfield Book Festival. Stephen has a big heart, and loves to encourage and nurture the next generation of talent, and everyone at Adelphi is proud to work for him. In a brochure from May 1969, a fortnight after Stephen started working at Adelphi, the Centrac power driven filler was priced at £418. Today, our closest comparable machine, the Response Volumetric Filler, will set you back £8,500. But what you can’t put a price on is Stephen’s love for Adelphi, and his encouragement of the creativity and passion of his employees”. Adelphi had a great day celebrating, and feel lucky to benefit from his ongoing legacy. For all enquiries, please call 01444 472300 or email info@adelphi.uk.com.

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May 2019

ENGINEERING UPDATE

Pleated Depth Filter Enhances Enzyme Production Amazon Filters reports on how a leading Animal Healthcare company has made significant time and cost savings through implementation of a SupaPore 16FPW microfiltration system for bioburden control on its 100m3 batch production of an enzyme added to chicken feed. The customer was originally using a 10inch pre-filter and final filter combination for bioburden control from a different supplier. Using this set-up not only were bioburden levels of filtered product variable but they also typically had to use 1 filter for every 100 litres of product meaning huge replacement filter costs, long batch filtering time and lots of downtime for filter changes. Amazon Filters offered and trialled its SupaPore 16FPW filter as a replacement solution. Widely proven in bioburden control installations, the SupaPore 16FPW being a pleated depth filter offered greater filter life and better throughputs than the existing system. Using a 10-inch version of the SupaPore 16FPW in its trials the customer was able to reduce filter changes to just 3-4 filters per batch. On Amazon Filters recommendation the customer has implemented a multi round filtration housing enabling them to run a whole batch through in a single pass.  Not only has this

produced a consistent sterile grade enzyme product but it has also reduced downtime, filter usage and processing time enabling the customer to make significant time and cost savings.

adhesives and extractables and optimising cartridge integrity. Its high filtration efficiency and dirt capacity makes it an excellent choice for use in almost all bioburden control processes.

The advanced borosilicate glass microfibre media used in SupaPore FPW microfiltration cartridges was selected due to its enhanced depth characteristics and exceptionally low-pressure losses. This is combined with a downstream polypropylene media to support and strengthen the system. This highly efficient media combination is stable even in the most severe CIP (Clean In Place) systems. The optimised pleated depth media offers high flow rates, excellent dirt holding capacity and superior retention levels. Manufactured using polypropylene for the hardware, the SupaPore FPW construction utilises a thermal welding technique to seal all the components therefore eliminating

Amazon Filters Expands Digital Inks Filtration Portfolio Amazon Filters reports on significant uptake by digital ink manufacturers of its advanced SupaPleat Plus ink filter range to solve filtration issues in UV, solvent and water based pigmented inks. All inks are not created equal and neither is the filtration solution required to guarantee a defect free and highquality digital printing process. The SupaPleat Plus Ink filter was initially developed to solve a problem a global manufacturer was having with gels in a UV ink. Since then, Amazon Filters have developed and established an optimised ink filter tool box to help other manufacturers improve their processes. Often newly developed inks from R&D don’t behave as they should on production scale systems. For one ink company, Amazon Filters eliminated the persistent blockage issues with a black UV ink using its T grade all polypropylene SupaPleat Plus ink filter to ensure a 600-litre batch could be consistently filtered where before multiple change-outs were required.

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Whereas dye-based inks are relatively easy to filter, pigmented inks often present a much more complex challenge. It is well understood that too high a flux rate can have severe consequences on the total volume throughput of an ink product but still many production processes are run at excessive rates. Running production processes at an excessive rate can also induce high differential pressure across filters which in turn can lead to the generation of gels in the ink and consequent increased rates of blockage. Capacity problems with a yellow UV ink were recently solved using an Amazon Filters all polypropylene graded density T grade SupaPleat Plus ink filter with process flow rate modified to improve throughput.

The rapid growth in water based pigmented inks for textiles has led to a growing number of manufacturers diversifying into this area from traditional inks. The Amazon W grade hybrid filter, which incorporates both polypropylene melt blown media and borosilicate microfibre, provided an effective solution for a manufacturer who had quality issues with their digital ink product being developed for textiles. The throughout and high quality of this digital ink has been consistent since the implementation of the new filtration set-up from Amazon Filters. For organisations developing a new digital ink or requiring help in optimising their existing filtration set-up get please contact Amazon Filters filtration experts on +44-(0)1276-670600 / sales@amazonfilters.co.uk.


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Cloud-based Cooling By Karl Lycett, Rittal’s Product Manager for Climate Control Cooling units are playing an increasingly important role in Industry 4.0. Seamless communication between cooling units and associated cloud-based systems is opening up opportunities for new applications. Essential to these applications are IoT-capable devices such as the cooling units and chillers in the Rittal Blue e+ range.

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components, ambient conditions, or even the level of soiling on the filter mat, can also provide useful data, and practical opportunities to optimise maintenance and energy efficiency.

Optimisations carried out during maintenance can help reduce workload and thus lower costs, for example through predictive or needs-based maintenance. Needs-based maintenance, however, always requires information about the individual cooling units and the surrounding conditions. A typical example is replacing a fan before a fault occurs, which otherwise – in the worst-case scenario – could cause not just the cooling unit, but the entire system to fail. If there is historic information available to plant operators about the fan’s running time, the difference between its expected and actual speeds, and its power consumption, then it’s possible to identify a gradually developing fault or an impending failure.  This means that vital components can be replaced early on, increasing the overall system’s availability.

It’s not surprising, therefore, that seamless communication of information between systems is growing in importance. In a state-of-the-art factory, where data is easily available as and when required, the sight of maintenance technicians walking from one cooling unit to another, jotting down information with a clipboard and pen, is a thing of the past.

Other information, such as energy consumption, the condition of individual

Networking is possible now Rittal equips its climate control solutions with a comprehensive range of communication options. Using the new IoT Interface, Rittal units can communicate directly with superordinate systems and network with customers’ in-house monitoring and energy management systems. As a result, data such as the internal/external temperature of enclosures, and the temperature of condensers and evaporators, can be

continuously evaluated. Added to which, the run times of compressors and fans is easily accessible, as is information on capacity utilisation, messages and unit settings. Plant operators can therefore identify potential malfunctions early on, improving the reliability and availability of their systems. Numerous industrial protocols are supported, allowing climate control solutions to be integrated into IoT applications, which paves the way for smart service solutions. Additionally, information from the units can be used in cloud-based systems for a wide range of analyses. Predictive maintenance and data analytics At last year’s Hannover Messe, Rittal demonstrated the future of Industry 4.0 applications such as predictive maintenance and data analytics together with Siemens MindSphere and IBM Watson IoT. Industry 4.0-capable Rittal units were integrated into Siemens MindSphere. This cloud-based, open IoT operating system

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Visualised data in the cockpit With the introduction of the Blue e+ cooling unit series, Rittal has set new standards for the energy efficiency of electrical enclosures. Thanks to diagnostic software, users can go a step further, and save more energy through the optimum operation of their cooling units. Comprehensive information is essential of course, and all the relevant data is provided by the new data cockpit in RiDiag III.   All the information collected from the cooling unit’s numerous sensors is clearly displayed and evaluated, including temperatures, the input voltages and currents at the compressor. The EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) display is particularly useful, allowing users to track how energy efficient the cooling unit is under specific environmental conditions and with specific settings. By analysing the data, users can optimise parameters, achieve additional efficiency improvements and hence lower costs. What we’ve wanted to show in this article is how how the IoT Interface can be used, providing an insight into future Industry 4.0 applications and their potential benefits.  All this stems from the seamless transmission of data from sensors inside the cooling units and chillers to the cloud.

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May 2019

ENGINEERING UPDATE

‘Smart’ Sensor Provides Continuous Feedback & Diagnostics A smart valve sensor which provides continuous feedback and essential diagnostics to help plant operators ensure optimum process performance has recently been introduced by sensor specialist ifm electronic The MVQ smart valve sensor provides outstanding, all-round position visibility with bright multi-coloured LED indication helping plant operators to monitor the flow of media from a distance. For example, is the valve open or closed? Is the valve opening fully? Or is it blocked by deposits? Is it closed properly, or is the seal wearing? If used as a standard sensor the MVQ will provide 3 switched signals for the valve position. However, thanks to the integrated IO-Link interface the sensor becomes a real-time diagnostic device providing continuous realtime feedback, as opposed to a simple, less sophisticated valve position sensor. The fine resolution of just 0.1º provides operators with accurate information on the conditions inside the valve, with adjustable tolerances to allow for different types of media and the age of the valve. In addition, the MVQ can also measure the time taken for the valve to move, alerting operators to the possible need for maintenance. Any end position of the valve and the size of the sensing range can also be set. Also, a third switch point can be selected, for example for 3-way valves or for a diagnostic alarm. This flexible configuration is enabled with the smart valve sensor by the ifm application software LR Device or an inductive ‘teach button’.

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Capturing the First Image is Always the Hardest Part Smart fridges, agricultural drones, or industrial robots - the working prototype and the first image present special challenges for developers embedding bare sensors into their devices. In this case, small sensor modules can both simplify and accelerate the process to a working prototype, providing the first image to smart devices in only 30 minutes. The manufacturer of a fridge must have experience in refrigeration. For smart home appliances, it is no longer that simple. A modern fridge with integrated cameras can analyze the food; update the online shopping list; or, display suitable recipes. Developers of these smart devices need basic knowledge about imaging, sensor technology and the integration of camera technology into the refrigerator. Initial integration of vision technology into smart devices often poses new challenges to development teams. They must realize a prototype; the basic functionality and the interaction of all components must work flawlessly. In the vision subsystem, a wide variety of components must be connected and verified. Electronic design, layout, and PCB production take time and resources. In particular, high-speed signaling and sensor connection require in-depth specialist experience. A lack of knowhow can prolong the timeline extensively. “We want to enable developers to qualify image sensors directly in their application, integrate them quickly and not

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have to worry about the basic vision technology,” says André Brela from FRAMOS. The company’s product line of interchangeable sensor modules and adapters facilitates the development of embedded vision products. According to Brela, developers that work with vision for the first time can implement initial prototypes with standard components, without a great deal of specialist knowledge. The product manager says that “it takes less than 30 minutes from unpacking the pre-soldered sensor modules to capturing the first image”. Sensors and processors with a flexible adapter concept can be exchanged during testing to identify the best combination without affecting the interfaces. The software developers can operate independently of the hardware team. “With our sensor modules, OEMs and device manufacturers do not necessarily have to become sensor experts themselves,” says Brela. “We believe our customers are most successful when they concentrate on their core application, like producing really good refrigerators.” For the smart additional functions, the FRAMOS Embedded Vision product line offers immediately accessible hardware and drivers that combine a wide variety of image sensors with open processing platforms. It presents image processing to newcomers the chance to have the first prototype of a smart refrigerator up and running in a short time, and at low cost. www.framos.com


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Implement any track layout efficiently KMF-P 2040 curved modular belt conveyor. mk rounds off its portfolio of modular belt conveyors by adding curved segments Benefits Include: • Variable track layouts with just a single drive • Maximum usable width with low total width • Lateral movement of goods • Various speeds at no additional cost • Low maintenance and wear • Extremely high intrinsic safety • Wide range of accessories • Chains available in blue and white

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Modular belt conveyors can support very heavy loads, even with low belt widths, because of their positive drive mechanism. In addition, the guides along the sides of the conveyor can absorb lateral forces, which allows workpieces to be moved diagonally. A further benefit is that liquids from the goods being transported can drip through the chain, making cleaning of the modular chain belt quick and easy. Modular belt conveyors are extremely sturdy and can be used for virtually any transport application. They are more wear resistant than solid belts and can also be used for applications where goods with sharp edges must be transported or where ambient conditions are harsh.

This conveyor is suitable for all types of transport applications including distribution centres, automotive industry, plastic injection moulding, wood centres and the cosmetics industry to name just a few. Its modular design lets you adapt the track layout to perfectly fit existing production conditions while the small radii conserve space. In addition, the system’s modular design allows it be used for both horizontal and vertical applications, i.e., you can implement curves and bridge height differences using incline and decline segments. The KMF-P 2040 curved modular belt conveyor sits alongside the MBF-P 2040 (straight) and KFM-P 2040 (incline) conveyors in the mk conveyor range. To find out more about mk’s conveyor range please visit www.mkprofiles.co.uk, call (01949) 823751 or email info@mkprofiles.co.uk.


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May 2019

ENGINEERING UPDATE

XJet to showcase expanded range of AM application possibilities at RAPID + TCT 2019 Visitors to RAPID + TCT 2019 will be exposed to remarkable applications on booth 1103 this year, made possible by XJet Ltd. Inviting participants to get ‘hands-on’, XJet has an onbooth ‘support removal clinic’ where visitors are encouraged to witness the speed and ease of XJet’s acclaimed soluble support material removal by performing the process first-hand.

In addition, XJet will focus on its ongoing commitment to service the US market at the exhibition. With installations in three states across the USA, further orders signed, and the establishment of local customer support; XJet COO Udi Bloch, Vice President HR Ili Ramon, and the customer support leading team will attend RAPID + TCT, looking to ramp up XJet’s commitment further. “XJet is all about pushing the boundaries of what is achievable with additive manufacturing technology, and at RAPID + TCT we have some fantastic demonstrations of this. This year our participation is about showing the US market what NanoParticle Jetting technology can do for the first time in ceramic and metal AM,” says XJet CBO Dror Danai. “Visitors are invited to remove the soluble support material from a metal part themselves. They can also see how the unprecedented NPJ technology enables applications that have, up-to-now, not been possible.” Complete geometric freedom has been longpromised by the AM industry, but limitations still exist. The applications XJet is unveiling are now possible thanks to the technology’s ability to truly make ultrafine features and complex geometries. This, coupled with virtually 100 percent density and some other properties, makes XJet technology and systems uniquely able to execute these applications. XJet will furthermore showcase a demonstration part, illustrating the company’s vision of the future for NanoParticle Jetting technology hinting at the limitless possibilities that additive manufacturing could tap into. The new parts can be seen in a presentation on Wednesday, May 22nd at 11am in the Grand Ballroom at RAPID + TCT. Danai comments, “The recently inaugurated AM Centre is allowing us to invest more in R&D in general, and in material and application development, consequently we’re innovating faster than ever before. We’re extremely excited to unveil our latest developments to the US AM community and discuss how they can be used to improve designs, processes and profits.”

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See XJet at RAPID + TCT 2019 on booth 1103, from May 20-23, at the Cobo Center in Detroit, meetings can be pre-booked via the XJet website.


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THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE THE UK’S LEADING PRODUCTION LINE EVENT

PPMA Total Show, incorporating Pakex and Interphex, will return to the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, 1-3 October 2019, to showcase the latest trends within processing and packaging machinery and smart manufacturing, including the most recent developments in advanced robotics and other automation technology. For companies looking to increase their production line efficiencies and enhance their business profitability and performance, the show provides visitors with the ideal opportunity to learn about and see the latest working solutions in processing and packaging equipment in one location. PPMA Total is recognised as the most important and influential industry event in the UK for key decision-makers and purchasers in key industry sectors, including food, beverage, household chemicals, building materials and suppliers, pet care, microdistilleries and pharmaceutical sectors. It’s easy to see why too, as this year’s three-day event will house a comprehensive line-up of production technologies and solutions from over 400 exhibitors, comprising more than 1,600 brands, Leading players already confirmed as exhibitors include ATG Wood, Brillopack, ICE, Intamac, Krones UK, Minebea Intec and Shawpak.

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Commenting on the forthcoming Total event, David Harrison, Group Exhibition Manager for the PPMA, said: “PPMA Show 2018 was the largest show in 30 years, and this year’s event continues to build on that success to make it the largest Total Show in 15 years. “Our shows are designed to promote collaboration and information-sharing. They provide a real opportunity for end users to discuss their business challenges with industry experts. There really is no other forum in the UK that gives visitors access to a greater number of experts, engineers and designers all under one roof,” he added. Building on the success of 2018, PPMA Total will incorporate an Enterprise Zone, which will offer visitors a focal point for learning, networking and live debate. It will host a series of live workshops, presentations and interactive discussions, with keynote addresses by highly-respected speakers, covering topical issues and industry trends. Networking will also be a highlight of the Enterprise Zone, with dedicated meeting areas and organised activities.

Importantly, as part of the ongoing drive to encourage more young people to pursue a career in engineering, this year’s Total Show will include an education hub to offer guidance on apprenticeships and how companies can access to funding through the PPMA’s charitable arm, PPMA BEST (Business Education, Skills and Training – www.ppmabest.org.uk). This year’s PPMA Group Industry Awards will be held on Tuesday, 1 October at the National Conference Centre, Birmingham. Over 300 industry professionals will convene from the world of packaging and processing to celebrate excellence in smart manufacturing, innovation and business over a special three-course dinner gala event. The Group Industry Awards is now in its eighth year and is open for entries. If you would like to submit an entry or book a table to entertain customers, please go to www.ppmatotalshow.co.uk and follow the link from the home page. PPMA Total 2019 is free to attend. To pre-register for the show, please go to www.ppmatotalshow.co.uk and follow the links from the home page.


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May 2019

ENGINEERING UPDATE

Sensors, test, measurement & control - all under one roof! Registration is now open for 10th anniversary exhibition Sensors & Instrumentation Live will celebrate its landmark ten year anniversary with the biggest event in the show’s history - and registration is now open! The UK’s only national instrumentation exhibition, which has again received the backing of headline sponsor Mouser Electronics, will open its doors from Wednesday 25 to Thursday 26 September 2019 in Hall 2 at the NEC Birmingham. The free to attend exhibition is the annual showcase for the latest technologies in the fields of test, measurement and control, attracting influencers and key decision makers who are keen to source new products and solutions from a range of providers while getting up to date with industry developments and thinking. With a fresh new look; growing exhibitor list and even more unmissable content than ever before, the 2019 edition is not to be missed. Event director Louise Pudney comments: “Sensors & Instrumentation Live has been growing alongside this thriving industry for ten years and we’re incredibly excited to be able to deliver an actionpacked show with a new approach, leading companies and only the most relevant content for our visitors.” By exploring the show’s lively aisles, visitors will be able to discover hundreds of products and solutions on offer from an array of companies under one roof. Among those that have confirmed their stand at the anniversary exhibition is Anton Paar, Binder GmbH, Bronkhorst, Charcroft Electronics, DeweSoft UK, DJB Instruments, Kistler Instruments, Luso Electronics, PCB Piezotronics, Shawcity, Trafag UK and more. A full list of exhibitors can be found on the Sensors & Instrumentation Live website. There is a lot to be seen at the show. With that in mind, Sensors & Instrumentation Live will feature not just one but two areas dedicated to providing a snapshot of what is available at the exhibition. The popular Innovation Showcase sponsored by Bronkhorst, an assembly of products on offer from exhibitors, will return to the floor alongside the new Innovation In Action exhibit, sponsored by PCB Piezotronics. Unlike sourcing products and solutions online, Innovation In Action is a

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chance to see top technology working in real life. With live demonstrations hosted by experts, interactivity will be paramount – so you can have your questions answered and find out how any given product can benefit your own operations. In addition to the vast array of products and solutions on offer, visitors will have the opportunity to pick up plenty of invaluable knowledge at Sensors & Instrumentation Live. This year marks the launch of the brand new Engineering Symposium, an exciting new partnership with DJB Instruments that will deliver CPD accredited training driven by sensor innovation and the very latest in engineering. A team of speakers from some of the UK’s leading technology and engineering companies will present a two day programme of technical sessions that will explore everything from the basics of signal processing to accelerometer technology and more. Neill Ovenden, managing director of DJB Instruments, comments: “If you think you know all about trade shows, think again. “The Engineering Symposium will provide an opportunity for visitors to hear a range of training and case study content which is not linked to exhibitors’ thinly disguised sales pitches. 2019 will be the start of something different: aerospace, autosport and new technology are key topics for the Engineering Symposium.” Representatives from key engineering institutions and organisations will also be on hand at the show in the new Enterprise Hub. This will be a chance for manufacturers to discover the array of opportunities at their fingertips - from funding, training, standards and beyond - through unmissable presentations from the likes of Make UK, The Institute of Engineering & Technology,

GAMBICA, The British Measurement & Testing Association, The Defence and Security Accelerator and more. Sensors & Instrumentation Live is also colocated with TCT Show and IMHX – adding even more value to your trip to the NEC, Birmingham. Registration is quick, easy and free of charge – simply head to the Sensors & Instrumentation Live website now to claim your fast track entry badge. Supported by industry heavyweights Sensors & Instrumentation Live has received the backing of headline sponsor Mouser Electronics, Bronkhorst, DJB Instruments, PCB Piezotronics and SIKA. The show is also supported by a number of leading industry publications including Automation, Controls Drives & Automation, CIE, Design Solutions, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Energy Management, Engineering Update, Factory Equipment, IEN Europe, Industrial Compliance, Instrumentation Monthly, Industrial, Plant & Equipment, Industrial Technology, Irish Manufacturing, MEPCA, Process & Control and Sensorland.com. Want to be a part of it? If you want to project your brand to a highly relevant audience and reach potential new customers, there are still opportunities to exhibit at Sensors & Instrumentation Live. To find out about the packages available and secure your spot at the anniversary show, contact Louise Pudney on +44 (0) 1622 699104 or at lpudney@datateam.co.uk. For more information about Sensors & Instrumentation Live or to register for your free entry badge, visit www.sensorsandinstrumentationlive.co.uk


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May 2019

ENGINEERING UPDATE

Countdown to return of rail industry’s leading showcase Railtex 2019, the complete showcase of railway equipment, systems and services, is now less than one month away, and professionals from around the world are preparing to come together for the highlight of this year’s industry calendar.

Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC, Railtex will welcome more than 420 exhibitors from 22 countries presenting to thousands of visiting attendees over the course of three days between 14th to 16th May. The event will showcase the very best in railway manufacturing, engineering and technology, with key sectors including rolling stock, railway interiors, infrastructure and digital technology, all covered comprehensively. The world’s biggest and most respected rolling stock manufacturers are confirmed to be in attendance, including French transport giant Alstom, which will be exhibiting several new designs and innovations at the show. Also in attendance will be Stadler Rail, Chinese manufacturer CRRC, the world’s largest supplier of rail transit equipment, Hitachi Rail Europe, and Siemens, which will be promoting 3D virtual reality solutions from its stand. A range of UK-based companies will present their innovations for rolling stock cab interiors to visitors from Europe and further afield: Forbo Flooring Systems will showcase its unique textile flocked floor covering, Flotex FR, made using Nylon 6.6. TRB Lightweight Structures, a Tier 1 supplier to both UK and European train builders, will present lightweight interior solutions including passenger and detrainment doors, composite door leaves, catering modules, bike storage areas, universal access toilet modules and many more. Bespoke Composite Panels will offer a range of interior solutions including

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flooring and doors, cabin dividers and table tops for both new and refurbishment projects. Organisations at the height of railway infrastructure technology and expertise will also be in attendance, including Adey Steel, Craig & Derricott, Hydro, Roxtex UK and many more. Many exhibitors will also demonstrate the latest in cutting-edge digital technology for use on railway networks around the globe. Electrical safety specialist Bender UK will be showcasing state-of-the-art monitoring technology, including RS4 signalling fault location systems, Frauscher UK’s range of real-time information products will help visitors keep up with the latest possibilities enabled by digitalisation, while Nomad Digital will present the Intelligent Train - a shared and secure network infrastructure that allows onboard systems and passenger devices to connect and interact. Alongside the main exhibition, will be a diverse educational programme, including a new Future Focus Conference, hosted by the Railway Industry Association (RIA) with a keynote address from Rail Minister Andrew Jones MP, and Q&A sessions from leading figures involved in some of the UK’s biggest and most ambitious infrastructure projects, with all supporting events CPD-certified. Natalia Charman, exhibition manager for Railtex, said: “This year’s event is shaping up to be a massive success for exhibitors and attendees. We’re anticipating a jam-packed exhibition

and we’re right on target to welcome thousands of new industry professionals and many returning visitors who joined us in Birmingham for the 2017 edition of Railtex. “While the future challenges for the rail industry are many and varied, we are positive Railtex will provide all manner of insights into market trends, forward thinking and keynotes from leading authorities. “It is clear that Railtex is the place to be to secure new key contacts and valuable business leads. This is an important but friendly and engaging platform for rail industry professionals to meet, network, and do business.” Entry to Railtex 2019 remains free of charge if you pre-register online ahead of your visit. This is up to 13th May, the day before Railtex opens. To do so go to www.railtex.co.uk and click on the ‘Register Now for Free’ button. For non-registered visitors there will be a £20 entry charge payable on arrival at the NEC.


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May 2019

ENGINEERING UPDATE

Fiber optic cables For industry branches based on the speed and quality of data transmission, cables have been created in which carrier is not an electrical signal. Traditional cores were replaced with fibers, and information transfer was entrusted to an optical signal. Depending on the type of fiber used, the user chooses between:

• polymer fiber (POF), the core of which is made of organic material;

• glass fiber (GOF) with a core, the material of which is often quartz glass;

• glass-polymer fiber (PCF) with a glass core and a plastic jacket. Data transfer is possible in one or two directions. Cables in which transmission is carried out in one direction, we call SIMPLEX, while those in which transmission and reception of signals is possible in both directions – DUPLEX. Depending on the number of transmitted light beams (modes), we divide the wires into single and multimode ones. Single-mode optical fibers are designed to transmit one light wave over long distances, up to 150 km. In the case of multimode optical fibers, the phenomenon of dispersion makes it impossible to send data over long distances. This type of cabling is used by consumers who require high bandwidth, e.g. in local networks at short distances. Choosing fiber optic cables, we face unclear, often complicated markings, which correct reading can be a problem for people who are not familiar with cabling. One of them is the optical fiber dimension 980/1000, meaning the core diameter (980 microns) and the diameter of the jacket (1000 microns). TME's offer includes HITRONIC® POF polymer fiber optics from Lapp, enabling data transfer in one or two directions. The first group includes wires of the SIMPLEX version, with optical fibers:

• SIMPLEX-PE – black cable with a polymer optical fiber, allowing data transfer in one direction, whose P980/1000 fiber is made of PMMA and a fluoropolymer cladding.

• SIMPLEX-PE-PUR – orange, halogenfree cable with polymer optical fiber. The cable allows data transfer in one direction. The fiber P980/1000 is made

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of PMMA and a fluoropolymer cladding. The outer PUR jacket makes it resistant to oil and high temperatures.

• SIMPLEX-FD-PE-PUR – orange, halogen-free cable for guide and movable connections. The polymer fiber with P980/1000 diameter used inside allows data transfer in one direction. Cable dedicated to work in motion, thanks to the very high flexibility. The offer also includes cables in DUPLEX version, with double optic fibers:

• DUPLEX-PE – black, halogen-free polymer fiber cable, enabling data transmission and reception in both directions (DUPLEX). The P980/1000 fiber contains a PMMA core and a fluoropolymer cladding. The wire jacket is made of polyethylene (PE).

• DUPLEX-PE-PUR – orange halogenfree cable with polymer fiber, in the version enabling transmission and reception of data in both directions (DUPLEX) Polyurethane (PUR) jacket provides resistance to high temperature and oils. Two fibers with a P980/1000 diameter are coated with a polyethylene (PE) buffer.

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orange halogen-free cable with increased tensile strength. Polyurethane jacket provides additional resistance to temperature and oils. The use of two plastic fibers, protected with a jacket, allows signal transmission and reception in both directions.

• DUPLEX-FD-PE-PUR – orange, halogen-free cable for movable connections, enabling data transfer in two directions. Polymer fibers coated with a polyethylene (PE) buffer, additionally protect fiber optics. The outer polyurethane jacket provides resistance to high temperatures and oils.

• DUPLEX-PNB-PA-PUR – green cable for PROFINET type B applications, permanently installed. Thanks to the use of two PMMA fibers with a P980/1000 diameter, it allows signal transmission and reception in both directions The external polyurethane jacket (PUR) protects the cable against oil and makes the cable resistant to high temperatures.

• DUPLEX-PNB-PA-PVC – cable for PROFINET type B applications, green color, with PVC outer jacket. Dedicated to permanent application in an industrial environment. Two optical fibers with P980/1000 diameter allow the transmission in both directions.

• DUPLEX-PNC-PA-PUR – green cable intended for PROFINET type C applications, with movable connections used in guides. The distinguishing feature of the HITRONIC® POF series is its high flexibility, while maintaining the possibility of working under heavy mechanical loads. The properties to a great extent provides polyurethane outer jacket, which additionally protects the cable against oils.


May 2019

ENGINEERING UPDATE

SICK Opens Up Industry 4.0 with its First IO-Link Encoder With the launch of the SICK AHS36 (singleturn) and AHM36 (multiturn) IO-Link absolute encoders, SICK has opened up wide-ranging new possibilities to integrate rotary motion sensing into the ‘smart’ sensor configurations of automated machinery. The SICK AHS36 and AHM36 36mm IOLink encoders are SICK’s first range of absolute encoders with IO-Link. The SICK AHS/AHM36 IO-Link encoders achieve quick, easy and economical higher-level fieldbus integration via an IO-Link Master. Developments to advanced IO-Link versions of the encoder will also enable processing of Smart Tasks within the encoder itself. “The AHS36 and AHSM36 encoders are major step forward for the industry, and a vital building block on the transition to unlocking the benefits of Industry 4.0 in automated machinery,” explains Darren Pratt, SICK’s UK Product Manager for encoders and industrial instrumentation. “IO-Link has already made it possible for many devices, such as presence detection and process sensors, to be economically connected into an IO field gateway and at the same time provide transparent access to the intelligence contained within the sensor. Sensors with integrated Smart Tasks, offer the potential for reducing the processing load on the PLC. Now, adding motion sensing into the IO-Link mix offers countless new possibilities for machine builders and engineers to develop smart solutions for both new and existing plant and machinery.”

Cost-Saving Machine Integration Adding IO-Link compatibility to the SICK AHS/AHM36 family of absolute encoders delivers a host of new benefits, starting with an extremely compact 36mm diameter design: With the IO-Link Master performing the higher-level Ethernet interface, the IO-Link encoder can be manufactured in a much smaller package. By eliminating the need to use a dedicated interface card on the PLC rack, solutions using the SICK AHS/AHM36 IO-Link absolute encoder can save time, cost and complexity in connection to higher-level control systems. Connecting encoders to the control system usually requires costly shielded cabling and could involve wiring many devices individually to the PLC rack. With

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IO-Link, the SICK AHS/AHM36 enables standard unshielded cabling to be used between the encoders and the IO-Link master, so wiring costs can be dramatically reduced.

Programming and Diagnostics Via the IO-Link gateway, the AHS/ AHM36 IO-Link encoders offer new levels of diagnostic transparency and easy set-up with ‘plug and play’ device replacement. They still offer all the benefits of programming through the PLC, or with a PC using SICK’s engineering tool SOPAS. Now, in addition, there is an ability to store and download the encoder parameters from the IO-Link Master. As a result, device replacement is simply ‘plug and play’. The SICK AHS/AHM 36 IO-Link absolute encoders provide exceptional diagnostic information. Even on the basic models, error warnings can be provided on a range of both application-specific and encoderhealth parameters such as position, speed or temperature out of range. In the Advanced IO-Link versions, expected to be available in mid-2019, even more comprehensive provision and storage of diagnostic data such as temperature values, and operating times will be enabled. The SICK AHS/AHM36 Advanced IOLink encoders will also add a configurable output and input pin to enable a direct interface with another device, so it will be possible to process ‘Smart Tasks’ in the encoder itself. Compact and rugged, the magnetic AHS36 12-bit singleturn and AHM36 24-bit multiturn IO-Link are everything customers expect from a SICK family of rotary motion sensors with class-leading robustness, operating resilience and with a wide-range of versatile mechanical connection options. The SICK AHS/AHM36 IO-link encoders offer a versatile choice of mechanical connection options. The encoders feature a 270o rotatable electrical connection for either M12 connector or cable termination. Replacing existing encoders in machines

is ensured by a wide choice of hollow or solid shaft models, various mounting hole patterns, together with face and servo mount flanges. The IP65-rated SICK AHS/AHM 36 IOLink Basic encoders can be operated at ambient temperatures between -20 °C and +70 °C while, with IP66 and IP67 ratings, AHS/AHM IO-Link Advanced are suitable for even tougher ambient conditions with an operating temperature range of -40 °C to +85°C. An AHS36/AHM36 IO-Link Inox is also available with stainless steel IP69K rating for process environments with stringent chemical washdown regimes. For more information please contact Andrea Hornby on 01727 831121 or email andrea.hornby@sick.co.uk.

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Innovation, partnership and excellence: Subcon is back for 2019! Subcon returns on the 4-6 June 2019 and is once again set to take place at the NEC, Birmingham. Now in its 43rd year, Subcon remains the UK’s only dedicated event to enable subcontract manufacturing buyers to source suppliers, benchmark capabilities, and form new manufacturing partnerships. Against a backdrop of profound uncertainty and change within the engineering and manufacturing industries, Subcon 2019 will show how the industry continues to innovate and deliver maximum value, with three events in one venue.

Supporting innovation: The Launchpad and Launchpad Awards For 2019, Subcon has unveiled a brandnew opportunity to support engineering entrepreneurs. The Launchpad and Launchpad Awards will showcase cuttingedge innovations from across the industry with dedicated space at the event for specially selected start-ups. The Launchpad aims to propel manufacturing and engineering-based by giving these entrepreneurs an opportunity to share their innovations with thousands of professionals with the power to guide them to success. The showcase and awards will deliver an unrivalled platform for eight engineering start-ups and a £10,000 prize package to the winner.

Enabling partnerships and driving business: The Subcon exhibition As with every previous year, Subcon will deliver the contacts, connections and content that engineering and manufacturing businesses in the UK need to succeed. Visitors will be able to harness new innovations from over 300 world class suppliers to help increase capacity, optimise productivity and improve flexibility while driving down costs to stay competitive in a global market. Subcon exhibitors span a massive range of engineering businesses. Ahead of the event this year, Subcon hit the road and spoke to exhibitors across metal fabrication, 3D printing, measurement and other sectors. As this diversity of exhibitors shows, there will be huge opportunities to forge strategic partnerships and improve existing processes. To maximise the value of the event, Subcon is once again co-locating with The Engineer Expo and Advanced Manufacturing Show. The Engineer Expo delivers the innovation, inspiration and insight businesses need to optimise future

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Goodman Metalworks Goodman Metal Works is a Nottingham based, full-service metal fabrication company returning to Subcon. Director Richard Goodman explains what keeps them coming back: “It is a very compact event, spread out over three days, so it is a very easy way to meet the critical people you need to meet.”

Laserlines 3D Printers & Additive Manufacturing Systems reseller Laserlines is based in Banbury. This year at Subcon they are debuting not only new machinery but also new materials. Mark Tyrtania, sales director explains that for Laserlines: “Subcon is the right mix of visitors from varied industries...my top tip is to arrive early and leave late!”

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MakeUK, the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) and WMG (formerly the Warwick Manufacturing Group). A total of 34 sessions will be announced in the run up to the event. The conference programme will deliver insight on industry issues, with presentations from industry leaders responsible for some of the UK’s most inspiring and groundbreaking engineering and manufacturing projects. Speakers confirmed this year include: • Brian Holliday, managing director, Siemens Digital Industries, delivering a keynote address, covering the latest developments and momentum around Industry 4.0 • Mark Ireland, chief engineer, MTC, speaking on the MTC Sit Ski project and the role of collaboration • Stephen Phipson, CEO, Make UK, covering the impact of Brexit and the changes felt throughout the manufacturing supply chain

Based in Smethwick, Metpro has grown to become a leading supplier to the mechanical and electrical market in the UK. Marketing manager, Jacob Rudge outlines that the value of Subcon is the quality of people that attend: “The majority of our conversations have been with key decision makers...some of the most successful outcomes we have had throughout the years have been from just striking up these conversations.”

• Riona Armesmith, chief project engineer, Hybrid Electric Propulsion, Rolls-Royce talking about the development of electric/ hybrid aircraft and the E-Fan X project

engineering and manufacturing strategies. From an exhibition of next generation design and technology solutions from the UK’s most ground-breaking suppliers, to an unrivalled conference programme featuring industry leaders responsible for some of the UK’s most inspiring engineering and manufacturing projects, The Engineer Expo will keep visitors abreast of the biggest issues around, from Brexit and Industry 4.0 to the challenges of diversity and skills.

• Steve Banton, channel manger, ABB Robotics on the development of cobotics and where it will make its impact felt

The Advanced Manufacturing Show will showcase live demos and the latest efficiency-boosting innovations from hundreds of world class suppliers. This is an unparalleled opportunity to review outsourcing and procurement decisions and bring tools and technology up to speed, to reduce costs, cut lead times and increase productivity to stay competitive in a global market.

Shaping the future: The Engineer Conference Following the success of the conference programme in 2018, Subcon will also feature presentations from industry pioneers such as Siemens and Rolls-Royce, as well as thought leadership from organisations including

• Lina Huertas, head of technology strategy, digital manufacturing, MTC, covering the technologies set to transform manufacturing • Jeremy Pullen, Sartorious on what is next for additive manufacturing

• Rachel Edes, WMG on the challenge and opportunity of creating a domestic supply chain for electric vehicles • Nick Hawker, CEO and co-founder, First Light Fusion on the commercial application of nuclear fusion • Martin Little, commercial director, Rail Alliance on the overlooked opportunities within rail Gordon Kirk, event director for Subcon points out that this wide range of opportunity and the chance to see so many diverse companies is no accident: “We are even more aware than ever of the pressures on UK engineering and manufacturing businesses, so we have crammed as much value into the event as we can. From the 34 sessions of The Engineer Conference to the showcase of new start ups and co-locating with Advanced Manufacturing Show and The Engineer Expo, Subcon 2019 will deliver huge value to visitors throughout the three days. We are incredibly excited to include so much new material and look forward to opening the doors at the NEC!”


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Low Flow Flowmeters Titan Enterprises is a leading international manufacturer of ultrasonic flowmeters capable of measuring very low flow, down to 2 ml/min. The Atrato range of inline low flow flowmeters from Titan Enterprises use patented ultrasonic technology, which enables it to operate with excellent accuracy over very wide flow ranges (0.002 to 20 litres / minute). Its rugged, clean bore construction makes the Atrato ideal for almost any low flow application, from research and development, to industrial processes and even metering of chemically challenging liquids. The ultrasonic sound waves travelling down the Atrato flow tube are symmetrical, and as a result, any changes in a fluid’s velocity profile across the pipe diameter will be averaged out by the signal as it passes from the transmitter to the receiver. As a result, the Atrato gives unmatched performance when metering low flows whether laminar or turbulent, and is also largely immune from viscosity.

The Atrato range of inline low flow ultrasonic flowmeters offer excellent turndown (> 200:1), repeatability (+/- 0.5%), linearity and accuracy of better than +/- 1.0% of reading. Different models are available for measuring fluid flow from -10°C to +110°C and pressures up to 30 bar (435 psi). Atrato inline low flow ultrasonic flowmeters include a USB interface which permits users to directly monitor the rate and total on their PC while also altering some of the operating parameters, such as the pulse resolution and units. For further information please visit www.flowmeters.co.uk/atrato-ultrasonic-flowmeters/ or contact Titan Enterprises on +44-1935-812790 / sales@flowmeters.co.uk.

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Titan Enterprises announces new software functionality for its Atrato and MetraFlow ultrasonic flowmeters to enable customers the option to move the measurement window to ensure you always measure at the optimal point of signal. Most ultrasonic flowmeters can reliably measure fluids that transmit ultrasonic sound waves within a band (e.g. +/- 30%) around the speed of sound in water at 20°C. But if a fluid has significantly differing acoustic characteristics, for instance viscous organic fluids or if measurement is at elevated temperatures, then the acoustic operational window can be missed by the sensors. For the first time on an ultrasonic flowmeter this application challenge is overcome by the new software functionality offered on the Atrato and Metraflow. Titan Enterprises Atrato and MetraFlow low flow ultrasonic flowmeters use  patented ultrasonic technology, which enables them to operate with excellent accuracy over very wide flow ranges (0.002 to 20 litres / minute). Both of these low flows ultrasonic flowmeters also offer excellent turndown (> 200:1), repeatability (+/- 0.5%), linearity and accuracy of better than +/- 1.0% of reading. The rugged, clean bore construction of the Atrato and MetraFlow ultrasonic flowmeters make them ideal for almost any low flow application, from research and development, to industrial processes and even metering of chemically challenging liquids. For further information please visit Atrato ultrasonic flowmeters  and https://www.metraflowmeter.com/  or contact Titan Enterprises on +44-1935-812790 / sales@flowmeters.co.uk.

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Get smart – the pumping operations enjoying a digital makeover The digital revolution is moving forwards at an impressive rate. Latest figures from EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, show that just 27% of manufacturing firms surveyed are still at the ‘conception’ phase of Industry 4.0, while 39% have now reached the ‘evolution’ stage and are optimising their business with smart technology.

Lesley Eaton, Marketing Executive for progressive cavity (PC) pump specialist SEEPEX, outlines how today’s smart pumps can help you climb the digital hierarchy… Pump and process control Pumps are becoming ‘smarter’ with increased integral sensors and connectivity, enabling local control and/or integration into higher control systems. Smart dosing pumps from SEEPEX comprise a PC pump with drive and control software, plus flow rate sensors and optional safety functions. They use real-time feedback to compare data, automatically adjusting the pump speed as process conditions change. This reduces maintenance requirements and ensures cost efficient system operation. Condition and process monitoring Pump monitoring systems from SEEPEX observe operational information such as flow rate,

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temperature and pressure in real time, recording the pump’s operating conditions and efficiency. Deviations from set values trigger alarms, notified by SMS or email, reducing standard inspection tours, providing greater safeguards for critical production processes, and enabling pump maintenance to be predicted and service intervals scheduled accordingly. Connected services By connecting pump monitors and automation equipment, data can be transferred to cloud-based online services. This connectivity is the basis for Industry 4.0 and provides the information needed to improve equipment and process performance. SEEPEX connected services compare the data received from their pump monitors with previously defined operational specifications to determine deviations from optimum performance. Any deviation is communicated to the user to enable corrections to the process to be made.

Predictive maintenance and service digitalisation Data collected by pump monitors using bluetooth, wifi or SCADA systems can be analysed against historical pump trends and specifications to identify when maintenance is needed – predictive rather than scheduled. Connected services can link this data to SEEPEX to identify which parts are needed and ensure they are available, even arranging shipment to site. On-site technicians can use service apps to provide virtual reality instructions for pump maintenance; and access to service and instruction manuals, spare parts lists, chat service lines and ordering systems can all deliver maintenance efficiency, too. For example, SEEPEX pumps have QR codes which uniquely identify the pump and generate a spare parts list and O&M manual if needed.


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his is because the Q-Ball E is going to set a new benchmark in venting effectiveness and weight. Primary designed for elevators, the principle of contour parallel venting -developed by REMBE engineers- applies with the Q-Ball E. A maximum venting effectiveness is guaranteed and at the same time the required vent area is reduced to a minimum. The design is characterised by another new feature: The extreme low weight of the Q-Ball E, enabled by construction related setting aside of outer frame profiles. Competitive products with comparable performance will easily reach more than double weighting. Because of its minimum weight, the Q-Ball E is ideally suited for components with a low strength. The dimensions of the four available Q-Ball E sizes are designed to fit perfect to elevators. Moreover, the integrated signalling enables a reliable monitoring and maintenance. An optional available sanitary cover protects the Q-Ball E in a perfect way against wetness and dust indoors and outdoors.

Q-Ball E – the minimum weight solution for flameless explosion venting As a pioneer in developing systems for flameless explosion venting REMBE GmbH Safety + Control has fundamentally changed the world of explosion protection already in the eighties. With Q-Ball E the German engineers are now presenting a new development, which possesses the potential to revolutionise the flameless explosion venting once again.

Nowadays it is a common industrial standard for systems of flameless explosion venting that in closed rooms and spaces neither flames, nor pressure or dust can exit the unit. The dangerous effects of explosions need to be reduced to a harmless level; the noise of the explosion bang shall be minimised to an acceptable level. In ideal case production downtimes can be avoided or significantly reduced. REMBE meets these requirements with explosion-proof housing structures that will stay stable even during extreme dynamic explosions. Additionally filter inlets made of a special stainless mesh material developed by REMBE cool down hot flame gases (up to 3000 °C) extremely efficient within only 500 milliseconds. This reduces the volume of ejected gas and extinguishes the explosion – heat, dust and pressure remain in the facility. Proximity to an external wall is not required, so this simple protection solution can even be used in the middle of production halls. The optimised production process remains in the building. Fig. 1: Q-Ball E – flameless explosion venting

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May 2019

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Handheld EMF Monitor Improves Worker Safety Protecting employees from exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) has been a hot topic since EU legislation came into force in the UK in 2016. Whilst the directive, which sets minimum health and safety requirements, is often considered for workplace environments – exposure to EMFs can also affect staff working off-site.

Able to be clipped to a harness or worn on a belt or arm, the WaveMon continuously monitors a worker’s exposure to EMFs, and triggers an audible, visual and vibration alarm if preset levels are exceeded.

Wavecontrol has been manufacturing EMF testing equipment since 1997 and has recently launched a market-first personal protection device. The WaveMon RF-8 and RF-40 are available in the UK and Ireland from Aspen Electronics and are able to measure E-fields up to 8GHz and 40GHz. Additionally the RF-8 can measure H-fields up to 1GHz.

Key features of the WaveMon include:

The device is the only RF Personal Safety Monitor on the market equipped with a GPS and altimeter for geolocation of measurements. Ideal for applications within telecoms, broadcast and military where employees are working remotely on transmitters, pylons or radar equipment, the GPS will provide the geographical position of a tower or piece of equipment and the altimeter the relative height from the ground. Thus, the radio frequency monitor will record 'exposure level' together with 'date', 'time', 'geographical position' and 'height', allowing you to perfectly locate the hotspots. 

The WaveMon is a radio frequency exposimeter that has a datalogger for continuous data recording. Communication with the device is through a USB port that allows you to parametrise the device and download the recorded data. This makes it easy to create reports and allows you to keep a record of your exposure data for your safety.

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Powered by two standard AA batteries, disposable or rechargeable through its USB port, providing more than 200 hours autonomous use. Aspen Test and Measurement provides a range of fixed and handheld EMF testing equipment and probes from leading manufacturer Wavecontrol for use by universities, R&D laboratories, military and industrial customers, and EMF testing consultants. Covering the whole of the UK and Ireland, our knowledgeable experts can advise on the best solution for your requirements. For product demos and technical sales, contact Aspen Electronics on 0208 88681168 or visit www.aspen-electronics.com


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ESAB’S COMPREHENSIVE PORTFOLIO OF PPE OPTIMISES SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE FOR TODAY’S WELDERS ESAB Welding and Cutting has long been a health and safety pioneer, producing PPE which optimises the removal of welding fumes to ensure a safe environment for all operators.

Among the many products ESAB supplies are the Sentinel™ A50 and Sentinel A50 Air high-performance automatic welding helmets. The latter of which incorporates a PAPR (Powered Air Purifying Respirator) unit. The Sentinel’s radical design incorporates ergonomic headgear and maximum adjustability to increase productivity, functionality and usability. The Sentinel A50’s high-tech features include an almost infinitely adjustable 5-point headgear, a 100 x 60mm viewing area, an externally activated Grind Button, a colour touch screen control panel and a front-loading convex cover lens that comes in different colour options and changes in 10 seconds (view video). ESAB also supplies the F&G range of helmets which consists of the F20, G30, G40 and G50 models which are suited to welding, cutting and grinding applications with their flip-up visor design. From the simplicity and high protection level of the F20 to the versatility of the G30 and the large inner visors of the G40 and G50, the F&G range is ESAB’s most versatile welding and grinding helmet solution.

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To complement the helmet portfolio is the PAPR (Powered Air Purifying Respirator) which features a P3 filter and pre-filter to remove particulates and the latest control technology, allowing the operator to adjust air flow between 170 and 220 L/min to suit the environment and application. As an extra measure of safety, it incorporates both visual and audible alarms to alert the operator in the event of a blocked filter or low battery. Compatible helmets include the SENTINEL™ A50 for Air, G30 Air, G40 Air and G50 Air and Warrior™ Tech. Designed with robust construction for all heavy-duty welding applications, the ESAB PAPR weighs a comfortable 1 kg. A Li-Ion battery pack provides up to 8hr operation at an air flow rate 220L/ min, and an LED indicator makes it easy for operators to see and set flow rates; there is also an LED indicator for battery charge. For “at source” source extraction, ESAB supplies the Carryvac 2 P150/P150 AST machines; two small, lightweight, portable extraction units which can

be carried into the working area. Connected to a welding torch or to an extraction nozzle, these units extract the fumes directly. For light to medium welding and extraction applications, ESAB supplies the Origo Vac Carts which can be supplied with or without a light and are simple and easy to use portable units. PSF Centrovac Welding Torches boast integrated smoke extraction which provides a smoke-free working environment for the welder. The handles are ergonomically designed and incorporate a reduction valve for suction adjustment. Alongside these welding torches, there is a range of fume extraction torches available from TBi. ESAB has a wealth of experience in PPE and a broad range of products suitable for use by operators involved in welding, cutting and other operations. To request more information about PPE, contact ESAB by telephoning 0800 389 3152 or visiting www.esab.co.uk


May 2019

ENGINEERING UPDATE

Engineering the future of asset maintenance – byte by byte Civil and structural engineers at Lanes Group plc are helping clients move from an old world of inadequate asset information to a new one of precision knowledge that pays dividends in cost control and programme efficiency. Andrew McQueen, Head of Lanes Group Professional Services, says: “New digital technologies for capturing, manipulating and analysing data amount to nothing less than a revolution in asset management. “Asset surveys using more traditional techniques based primarily on visual inspection, often from distance due to access costs and restrictions can often provide an incomplete data set. “This can lead to further issues being discovered during work phases, resulting in the need for difficult decisions about prioritising maintenance or budget overruns. Deployment of new digital technologies to support asset surveying is transforming the type, amount and quality of data that can be quickly captured to define structures and how they need to be maintained. The new approaches embraced by Lanes Group Professional Services are allowing clients to much more accurately and confidently assess a wide range of assets, including buildings, transport infrastructure and drainage systems.

In turn, this will lead to the development of more robust and bettercoordinated maintenance and development programmes, allowing budgets to be planned and controlled with greater assurance. Lanes Group, the UK’s largest independent drainage specialist, has expanded its offer to include professional engineering services because customers increasingly want more and better data about their assets.

“New ways of capturing digital data, though what we call pre-project scoping surveys, allow us to obtain a complete visual understanding of a structure’s condition.

In most cases, remote-access digital capture systems remove the need to gain access to the exterior of sites, so expensive scaffolding or other access systems are not needed, and safety is greatly enhanced. However, as important as the process of recording data is, the expertise and insight needed to manipulate and share it with clients, so they can quickly make informed maintenance decisions is equally essential. Andrew McQueen says: “It is important to use the correct technology in the correct circumstance to gather the data and then present it in a way that is as helpful and user-friendly as possible.

“This means our clients have a more precise understanding from the outset of the condition of their asset, even large and complex ones, and can precisely plan maintenance and refurbishment activities and budgets from the start.”

“Our approach is collaborative and customer-focussed. We’re looking at ways to use The Cloud to store and present data, so the reliance on client hardware and data storage systems is minimised.

Digital data capture systems being used by Lanes Group Professional Services include UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) with HD stills and video cameras, 360-degree imaging cameras and 3D laser scanning systems.

“The ability to interrogate data through virtual reality will soon become commonplace. Presenting data and reports in different ways best-suited for different audiences in decision-making units is also important.

Its teams are based within Lanes Group’s Rail Division, where they work with Network Rail and Transport for London to survey and help maintain rail infrastructure and associated assets.

“Our clients have multiple uses for asset data. It will be useful for engineers to plan structural maintenance and site development, with all elements recorded with digital asset tags to assess asset condition, control and value over time.

They are also working with increasing numbers of clients outside the rail industry, including utilities, construction, property development and facilities management. “Rail is one of the most complex and regulated industries in the UK,”

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says Andrew McQueen. “If we can do a good job there, we feel that we can be of significant help to clients elsewhere.”

“Equally, it could be also used by soft FM service providers, like pest control specialists, to develop more effective site control activities. In the world of the Internet of Everything, recording the position, condition and performance of assets will become vital. That’s what we are all about.”


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ENGINEERING UPDATE The UK’s manufacturing base is operating within an unusually challenging environment at present, as a result of both potential political change and the fact that some export markets are less than buoyant. Combine these issues with the fact that the UK still lags behind in the productivity stakes, when compared to other G7 nations, and it’s clear that we need to embrace the technologies that will enable UK manufacturing to be competitive on the world stage. Here in lies the dilemma: outside of the automotive sector, the UK generally performs poorly in the uptake of automation and robotics with just an average of 74 robots per 10,000 employees. This is much lower than many of our European cousins, and around a quarter of the total for Germany alone. There are undoubtedly many reasons why this is the case, however recurring themes include a lack of understanding of how automation could transform a manufacturing process, and also a fear of complexity and technical risk. In this informative article, Tim Bednall, sales & marketing manager for Wood Automation & Control’s Systems Division, highlights the depth of expertise and talent that UK manufacturers can draw upon to ease the path to automation and, in turn, greater productivity.

Despite the overall statistics, there are great examples of UK manufacturers embracing high levels of automation and making it a key element of their manufacturing processes. There are other companies that have introduced a lower level of automation, often for relatively simple pick and place, handing or assembly tasks. However, there are still a majority missing out on the potential benefits that automation can deliver. This is especially true of those who may perceive their applications to be too difficult or overly complex, as there are several, often different technologies involved in the manufacturing process. For those concerned about complexity or technical risk, the productivity and reliability of our automotive sector installations should be seen as a shining example of how large multitechnology projects can be successfully implemented. It’s not uncommon for a car manufacturing line to have several hundred robots, all of which need to operate in a complex sequence using a wide range of different technologies, and perform these tasks with high overall efficiency levels on a 24/7 basis. Outside of the automotive sector, there will be few applications that will require such high levels of mechanical automation combined with sophisticated control software and robot programming. The resources, skills and tools used to achieve

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these world-class manufacturing lines are all readily available to other UK companies considering robots and automation as part of their manufacturing process. Tim Bednall commented: “It’s unfortunate that some manufacturers still shy away from automation and robotics through either a lack of understanding and / or a perception of unacceptable technical risk. There is an immense pool of automation talent that prospective users can draw upon. For example, Wood Automation & Control’s Systems Division has been at the heart of many multi-robot installations within automotive facilities, and we are also regularly involved in delivering innovative manufacturing solutions that include robots, special purpose automation and a diverse range of proprietary technologies, including machine vision and laser systems. We alone have 400 technically focussed staff across our UK organisation, working with customers in a multitude of different industry sectors and applications, so the knowledge and resource is there.” Clearly if technical risk is seen as the barrier to automation, then this needs to be…

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Smart ideas make work more straightforward and faster. Han-Eco速 B. Rear mounting option allows for a separate pre-assembly of entire cable harnesses.

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May 2019

ENGINEERING UPDATE

Using Non-Sparking tools? Here’s some sound advice from Bahco Bahco Non-Sparking (NS) tools are designed for use in potentially explosive environments, where conventional steel tools might create sparks in the presence of combustible or easily ignitable vapours, liquids and dust.

Because NS tools can’t achieve the hardness of conventional tools special care is needed when using them. Tony Hudson, an industrial and trade tools specialist at Bahco, offers the following recommendations to users of NS tools: • Avoid tools over heating; make frequent visual checks of each NS tool during use; • Don’t use both a steel tool and an NS tool at the same time; • Don’t use high copper content tools, such as AlBr and Cu-Be tools, in direct contact with acetylene; • Always take considerable care when reworking copper-beryllium (Cu-Be) tools as beryllium (Be) dust or vapour is toxic; • Cu-Be tools should be ground only when wet; • Do not inhale any dust and be sure to wear a face mask; • Make sure all NS tools are kept clean and free from ferrous or other contaminants which

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may hamper the properties of a non-sparking tool; • The tool’s surface temperature must not be higher than the present gases temperature; • Ensure that no objects which could cause a spark fall or are dropped within the working environment. Reducing risk: Non-ferrous, softer materials such as brass, bronze, copper-aluminum alloys (aluminum bronze), or copper-beryllium alloys (beryllium bronze) greatly reduce the risk of producing ignitable sparks. Bahco NS tools are manufactured in aluminum-bronze (Al-Br) or copperberyllium (Cu-Be), making them both safe and suitable for use in hazardous environments. Tools used for striking applications, like slogging wrenches and hammers, are manufactured in aluminum-bronze (Al-Br), while tools that require a higher torque and precision performance, such as pliers, screwdrivers and adjustable wrenches, are manufactured in copper-beryllium (Cu-Be).

Bahco take safety so seriously that they have their NS range certified by the independent German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing. The Bahco range of NS tools includes hammers, pliers, screwdrivers, wrenches, as well as other striking and construction tools. Its non-sparking adjustable wrenches, manufactured in copper beryllium, are die-forged, antimagnetic and offer high resistance to corrosion. NS screwdrivers for use with slotted head, Phillips® or Posidriv® screws have been developed by Bahco using its scientific ERGO® process. Made from copper beryllium they are cold rolled, anti-magnetic and corrosion resistant. The range also includes NS pliers in several types, including combination, diagonal cutting, long nose and slip joint. For more information on nonsparking tools visit www.bahco.com


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The University of Derby Online Learning has been a leader in online education for almost two decades. It offers a range of postgraduate Engineering programmes designed to enable you to achieve a workbased Master’s degree by studying part time online. Professional Engineering MSc Developed with the Engineering Council as part of the Engineering Gateway programme, this MSc Professional Engineering online degree is a highly flexible, work-based learning route to building evidence of further learning to support your application to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng). It is recognised by a wide range of engineering institutions under the Engineering Council such as, IMechE (Institute of Mechanical Engineers) and IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology). Professional development is an important part of this programme, involving mentoring and support from an experienced Chartered Engineer.

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‘One subject areas we work on is engineering research into technical subjects and actually when we’ve had projects which work around work-based projects, the students have been able to demonstrate that their projects have an impact on the businesses that they work for and this in many cases had led to many people getting promoted or had different projects given to them that have changed their status within the work place’ – Justin Steele-Davis – Academic Lead Engineering

Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing Additive manufacturing is an emerging advanced manufacture technology, sometimes referred to as 3D printing. Derby and the East Midlands are dominated by employment in advanced engineering and related industries, but there is a global lack of specialised graduates who can work in supply chain companies. Obtaining this accredited degree will provide you with a qualification recognised by employers internationally. This Masters in Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing programme, accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM³), is designed for both engineering graduates and as a conversion programme for students who have qualifications in other analytical disciplines* such as physics or geology, enabling them to transition to careers in advanced manufacturing and other high-tech industries. Discover more about the University of Derby’s engineering programmes at derby.ac.uk/EngineeringUpdate


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HEAVY DUTY ENGINE STARTERS POW-R-QUIK offers Turbine, Vane and Hydraulic engine starters. The Vane starters will start engines from the smallest to the largest engines built.These units are lubeless with vanes made of high tech materials that reduces wear and allows for operation without lubrication. HS hydraulic series of heavy duty starters is specifically designed for the Oil and Gas service industry. Design features gear types can be purchased with or without a motor .The starters are modular and the front end can be disconnected without the hydraulic motor.

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Overcoming Oscilloscope Tradeoffs at High Frequencies By Brig Asay, Director Strategic Planning, Keysight Technologies, Inc.

5G drives technology to higher frequencies and wider bandwidths. While it is exciting to think about the possibilities of mmWave and above, today’s advances stress the capabilities of current test and measurement equipment. Measurements taken above 50 GHz with instruments like spectrum analyzers come with tradeoffs, such as down converters and digital signal processing, so engineers must seek alternatives. The oscilloscope is now a very credible alternative for today’s emerging and RF instrument markets as vendors make major strides in bandwidth and signal integrity performance.

structure width, improved epitaxial design and optimized metalizations and dielectrics. The results are delay times in the order of 2ps and a frequency limit up to 600GHz, while keeping breakthrough voltage over 7V. With high output voltages and a current gain over 50, this leads to a robust IC design. The layout can adjust to any desired combination of fast speed, low noise and low current consumption. The process can create bipolar transistors, diodes, thin film resistances and thin film capacities, which are used for high quality digital, analog and mixed-signal ICs for measurement devices. (See Figure 2

The True Oscilloscope Strength: Multiple Channels As wireless carriers build their 5G infrastructure, the best way to achieve 5G speeds is to build smaller, denser cells. These require technologies such as MIMO and beamforming to seamlessly push customer data without interruptions. As its name suggests, MIMO requires more than one input and more than one output. While these will one day handle a channel density as high as 64 channels, right now, there is a four-channel need. Figure 1: Keysight's UXR oscilloscope.

Reaching Frequencies above 50 GHz with Wide Bandwidths In 2018, Keysight introduced its UXR series of oscilloscopes. With bandwidths up to 110 GHz, it was the first real-time oscilloscope with full bandwidth in the front-end design of its pre-amplifier and sampler chip. Without frequency interleaving in its frontend design, the UXR achieves significantly improved bandwidth and signal integrity.

Suddenly the real-time oscilloscope has an advantage over typical RF test measurement gear. Real-time oscilloscopes are typically found in two or four channel models, but more importantly, they offer channel to channel calibrations as standard features. In Keysight’s UXR, the channel to channel skew inside the box is below 75 fs. This measurement competes with tying multiple single instruments together using a local oscillator. Keysight’s UXR Series of oscilloscopes cover the need for high frequency coverage, wide bandwidths, and multiple channels in a single box.

Keysight uses proprietary Indium Phosphide (InP) technology to achieve this milestone. Keysight developed the second generation of InP chips with a decreased

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Figure 2: Example - how Keysight's UXR oscilloscope achieves 110 GHz.


May 2019

ENGINEERING UPDATE

BÜLTE LAUNCHES A NEW RANGE OF ADJUSTABLE FEET: THE « SF » RANGE

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ur range of levelling/adjustable feet has recently been extended with the “adjustable feet SF” range. The product is composed of a round base (various diameter available) and a hexagon shaped base above the foot. These new adjustable feet have been introduced to the market beginning of February 2019. This new range of adjustable feet is fully in Nylon, both the threaded part and the feet, contrary to the levelling feet usually available on the market that are more a mix between metal and plastic. In comparison with the metal-plastic combined products, Nylon offers various advantages; it is lighter, cheaper, and easier to recycle. It does not conduct electricity and is also not subject to corrosion. Polyamide thus allows the use of our “adjustable feet SF” in areas subject to corrosion which, for reasons of hygiene or for specific regulations, require materials resistant to it. The hex end in the base allows fastening with a spanner. The nylon base, available in 4 different diameters, provides a smooth non-abrasive surface that protects floors. Our

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adjustable feet then allow adjustment under load. This item is ideal for spanner height adjustable when the product is in application. Our adjustable feet with hex end are an excellent solution for the levelling and height adjustment of a piece of furniture, machinery or general appliance. The hexagon which can be found at the top of the thread can be used for adjusting the height of the feet from above the foot, without having to remove it from the application they are attached to. They are easy to install without specific tools and make sure your work surfaces are both even and secure. In term of design, the standard colour of our “adjustable feet SF” is black nylon. But as Polyamide can be coloured as one’s wished, according to the RAL chart, our “adjustable feet SF” range will be in line with every kind of industrial application, whatever their colour might be. Our account managers will be at your side from product design to completion. Quotation and free samples under request. www.bulte.com


ENGINEERING UPDATE

May 2019

MVK Fusion …is an opportunity to standardize modular processes, opening the door to a one-module strategy The PROFINET/PROFIsafe module unites three basic functions of installation technology: •

Standard actuators

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Safety digital sensors and actuators

IO-Link

This combination is new and innovative. It enables unique and groundbreaking automation concepts to be realized. Installation becomes simpler and faster. MVK Fusion makes complex configurations easier because they can be done entirely by the engineering tool in the safety control system. Software developers and electrical engineers no longer need indepth knowledge of other manufacturers' tools and manuals. MVK Fusion makes it possible to have fewer fieldbus modules per unit. Some applications might only require a single module. This opens up new opportunities for many automation applications!

One Module with Extreme Range What makes the MVK Fusion fieldbus module unique is its variety. It combines three basic functions: standard digital sensors and actuators, safety digital sensors and actuators and IO-Link. •

The two standard digital ports can be configured as inputs or outputs – they are customizable for each application.

The four safety ports ensure that almost all digital safety requirements are integrated into the installation.

The two IO-Link ports offer a wide range of functions: they integrate smart devices into the fieldbus system and they also enable the system to be expanded cost-effectively via IO-Link hubs.

MVK Fusion simplifies installation by minimizing the number of modules required.

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Flexibility within Safety Applications MVK Fusion integrates all safety aspects into one module: •

Safety sensors signals are transmitted over the three safe input ports, each of which have two channels. Emergency stop buttons, light curtains, twohanded units, safety doors, etc. can be qualified up to Performance Level e.

The safety output port has two safe outputs that can be configured according to the application (PP, PM or PPM switching). You can integrate a wide variety of actuator types like double valves and valve islands that still qualify up to Performance Level e.

A special Class B IO-Link port ensures that IO-Link devices like valve islands and hubs can be easily and safely switched-off complying with safety standards up to Performance Level d.

MVK Fusion lets you achieve high safety standards, protecting both man and machine.

solutions. MVK Fusion is suitable for Conformance Class C (IRT), Shared Device and Netload Class III applications.

A Wide Range of Uses and Comprehensive Diagnostics •

Rugged, fully-molded metal housing made for a wide range of uses – like extreme welding applications.

MVK Fusion saves error information with a time stamp on an integrated web server, even in the event of power failure, helping you identify errors and reduce downtimes.

The safety address is set directly on the module via rotary switch – MVK Fusion can also be restored to its default setting via the address 000.

The module functions at high outdoor temperatures (up to 60° C) in combination with high currents (up to 16 A). We offer an optional heat sink is for these extreme conditions, which extends the life of the module.

Unique to the market, the module can be used in at very high altitudes: up to 3,000 meters (10,000 feet).

Every single channel is monitored for problems like overloads, sensor shorts or short circuits – the comprehensive diagnostics detect errors quickly, so they can be analyzed and fixed.

Safety Configuration within a Mouse Click MVK Fusion makes configuring safety sensors and actuators extremely easy: select the safety function in the safety control system engineering tool, and within a few mouse clicks configuration is done. The users – usually the software developer or the electrical engineer – do not require any special knowledge to configure the module. The MVK Fusion module eliminates the extra verification work step (CRC calculation) and doesn’t require additional manufacturer-specific software. This speeds up the process because it prevents entry of incorrect data.

High Performance MVK Fusion is excellent for high power applications when reliability cannot be compromised. The module is one hundred percent compatible with PROFINET

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Take advantage of the technology transition. The future will bring many technological challenges. We have the right experts for every future challenge.

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May 2019

ENGINEERING UPDATE

TR Fastenings showcases range of specially engineered security components

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nternational specialist in the design, engineering, manufacture and distribution of high quality industrial and Cat C fasteners, TR Fastenings (TR), is proud to be able to support a wide variety of sectors with its range of specialist security fasteners, engineered to prevent theft, deter vandalism and boost health and safety. The security fastener range complements TR’s wider catalogue of industrial fastenings and can be used alongside or instead of standard parts. The security fasteners have added features to ensure that the products and their enclosed components cannot be tampered with or become loose, causing damage or injury. They also ensure that the components within the enclosed structures cannot be removed, other than by a specially trained technician with bespoke tools. TR’s range of security fasteners includes machine screws, selftapping screws, wood screws and self-drilling screws, as well

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as specialist nuts and drivers. A number of different drive options are available, including pin hexagon, triangular, Kinmar®, 6 lobe pin, Sentinel®, Solok™, Scroll™, Nogo™, Tufnut®, Armour Ring™, oval, shear and more. The full range of product types and drive options can be viewed on the dedicated security fastener landing pages on the TR website. Design features of security fasteners include: • Unusual shapes to prevent tampering, requiring nonstandard drives such as 2-hole pig-nosed fittings • Tapered diameters, resistant to gripping devices • Increased fictional resistance within the bolt, limiting rotation and making it more difficult for the part to be loosened • Aesthetic features such as shear torques and smooth finishes mean that these fasteners can be ultra-secure whilst also looking good: an important consideration when used in high-end and luxury environments

The fastenings are used across applications where the components being protected are expensive or functioncritical. This could include sophisticated technology, products in high risk environments or public property which needs to be protected from theft and tampering. Applications where security products are commonly used include: • Street furniture such as park benches, traffic lights and road signage • Transport fixtures including car seats, train carriages and underground barriers • Public venues such as concert arenas, sports stadiums and their interiors, including seating and stages Paul Standing, Commercial Products Manager at TR Fastenings, comments: “As the world we live in continues to evolve, affecting the way we work, live and communicate, there is an increasing need to protect and secure the objects and infrastructures we create. “Security now plays a vital role all the way through the engineering process, so designing in security fasteners at the beginning of the manufacturing process ensures that products and their enclosures can be protected from risk.” Contact details: T: 0044 (0)8454 811 800 E: sales@trfastenings.com Visit our global website to see our full range of products available: www.trfastenings.com


TR Fastenings, international specialist in the design, engineering, manufacture and distribution of high quality industrial and Cat C fastenings principally to major global assembly industries.

Security Fasteners TR Fastenings specialise in a range of security products, including screws, nuts and installation tooling. These items are ideal for protecting valuable equipment or ensuring products are tamper-proof. Machine Screws I Self Tapping Screws I Wood Screws I Self Drilling Screws I Nuts I Drivers

Drive types that we supply • • • •

Pin Hexagon Pin Recess T 2 Hole One Way Cross Recess

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One Way Slot Oval Triangular Kinmar® Permanent & Reusable

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Solok™ Barrel Nuts Armour Rings™ Shear Nuts & Bolts

Browse the full range in our new Security Fastener Handbook by scanning here: View our installation videos for step by step guides here:

Contact us: +44 (0) 8454 811 800 sales@trfastenings.com | www.trfastenings.com


May 2019

ENGINEERING UPDATE

MHEA Awards now open for entries The Materials Handling Engineers Association has announced its Excellence Awards are now open. Taking place on the evening of 16 October at Eastwood Hall Hotel, Nottingham, during BULKEX 2019, the Excellence Awards showcase the very best that the bulk materials handling industry has to offer.

The awards take place during BULKEX 2019, MHEA’s must-attend flagship event, attracting industry leaders and influencers to exhibit and enjoy a two-day conference programme.

Entry is free and Awards Entry packs can be accessed through the MHEA website www.mhea.co.uk. With five categories to consider, the Excellence Awards are an essential part of the calendar and a real opportunity for MHEA members and non-members alike to demonstrate and celebrate the very best of their projects, people and ideas.

It’s an excellent forum to meet colleagues and peers; to listen and share the latest news, innovative ideas and good practice; as well as hear from leading industry experts.

The five categories comprise Apprentice of the Year; Engineer of the Year; the Innovation Award; Project of the Year; and Supplier of the Year. Entries are open from now until 31 July 2019 and places or tables for the fantastic awards ceremony can be booked by booking online or by contacting the events team on 01787 226995. Businesses are welcome to enter more than one category and require 200 words giving reasons and evidence for the award entry and a further 100 words explaining why you believe you entry should win.

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John Connolly, President of the MHEA, said: “We are proud to launch the MHEA Excellence Awards, celebrating the successes and achievements of companies and individuals working within the bulk materials handling industry. Free to enter, the awards are open to those who have made an outstanding contribution to the bulk materials handling industry during 2018/2019. From ports, power and mining to steel and cement, and everything in between – we want to hear from you, to recognise the talent, creativity and worldclass capability of both members and non-members alike.” For more information about exhibiting or attending BULKEX 2019 please go to www.mhea.co.uk, email secretary@mhea.co.uk or call the MHEA on 01787 226995.


Tomorrow’s World Exhibition • Technical Conference • Awards Dinner Nottingham, 16-17 October 2019

High profile speaker programme

• Raise your profile and take advantage of exhibition space and a range of sponsorship opportunities • Presentations and insights with a technical focus on topical issues and key infrastructure projects • Celebrate the achievements in materials handling at the evening awards ceremony and network with industry colleagues

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Tools need to be Secure Tools are used across a wide range of industries and are used to process materials of all kinds, whether forming machines are to process steel, aluminium, or plastics, or cutting machines are used for processing materials such as wood, special high-performance tools are constantly required during the manufacturing process. When not in use, these tools have to be stored in a number of different ways. Tools are frequently stored in several tool cabinets and boxes of various sizes distributed throughout the entire production area. This takes up valuable space, not to mention the fact that the parts are difficult to access. Challenges associated with a changing market means there are demands in relation to efficiency and costs. The use of modern manufacturing structures in production goes hand in hand with rising intralogistic market demands for greater storage flexibility. Tools come in all shapes, and sizes and there is a requirement to store large to smaller storage volumes in one ergonomically designed space. This means that the pressure in relation to increased efficiency also grows on traditional storage methods. Significant improvements can be made in this area simply by introducing a central tool store with the help of an automated storage lift such as a shuttle from Kardex Remstar. The accommodation of various tools in a few different types of boxes or tool holders with precisely tailored dimensions brings further advantages, because optimal use can be made of the depth

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and height within the storage space. In addition, it is often the case that the instruments and tools used are extremely sensitive. Ensuring that fast and accurate access to stored tools is a must and there needs to be a focus on safe, secure and clean storage. Modern storage lift systems have an advantage here. Parts can be placed in compartments precisely adapted to their specific dimensions on the trays, thereby limiting the contact these sensitive parts have with their surroundings from the outset. In addition, there are special devices in the shuttles which guarantee dust-free and dry storage. Storing the tools at a certain temperature or drying them with warm air is also no problem. These are all options that conventional shelf-based storage cannot offer. Dynamic systems such as automated storage lifts offer more opportunities to optimise the efficiency of intralogistics processes. Faster and more accurate access to the stored parts is but one

example of a more up-to-date storage method. A major advantages is less hunting and walking around for employees thanks to the goods-to-person principle. Then there is fast and accurate access to stored goods, controlled by warehouse management software, which avoids unproductive search times and increases picking accuracy to over 99 percent. It’s worth noting that the use of warehouse management software also permits accurate monitoring and management of the entire storage process. Space is also a major advantage as a shuttle makes optimal use of the room height and space in the building thanks to customised installation of the system. The compact design of the units can significantly reduce the size of the footprint and with ergonomically designed workspaces, which work according to the goods-to-person principle, cut the amount of time that employees are absent from work. This means it is no longer necessary to

spend a long time instructing the order pickers or familiarising them with the system. Companies looking to remain competitive are recognising the requirements involved in tool storage and are switching to automated storage lift systems to manage their intralogistics processes. In the end it’s all about increasing efficiency. You can find out more about the various storage options afforded by modern shuttle solutions here.

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EP & Powder Handling System

CJ Waterhouse Company Limited were originally approached in summer 2017 by a worldwide manufacturing company to design, manufacture and implement a bespoke materials handling and automation solution for their new expanded polystyrene (EP) processing plant. CJ Waterhouse were awarded the contract due to their extensive bespoke materials handling system solution experience and their previous works within the group. The overall system takes in varying sizes of EP, creates a volumetric batch and transfers it to one of 12 blenders. Fibre materials are then introduced to the blender by weight together with liquid resins and additives. The finished product formed is a coated EP which is then conveyed to an out-loading system where weighed batches are created. The completed weighed batches are then used either in the downstream manufacturing process or sold on to third party manufactures for the production of industrial floatation devices for offshore applications. The developed system essentially comprises of six component parts: • • • • • •

EP intake EP measurement EP delivery Fibre delivery Finished product batching Control system

EP Intake The EP intake system allows EP material of 5mm, 10mm and 40mm diameter to be delivered either by 2M3 tote bins or by bulk lorry. For lorry delivery the conveying system is directly coupled to the truck discharge chute and for tote bin deliveries an extraction lance is inserted into the container. The EP material is transferred to four 65M3 bulk fabric silos via a Venturi conveying system providing negative pressure extraction at the infeed point and positive pressure conveying at the discharge point. A single conveying line is used which incorporates three diverter valves to provide automated routing to any of the four silos dependent upon material type and current level. The fabric silos incorporate a bespoke intake manifold and breathable upper surface to permit conveying air expulsion and material retention. Level monitoring within the silos is achieved using Ultrasonic sensors to provide an accurate measurement of the internal material volume together with upper and lower set points for filling and discharging purposes. Silo discharging is via a bespoke slide valve and extraction chute assembly

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coupled to the downstream conveying line. EP Measurement Due to the very low and potentially fluctuating bulk density of the EP batches are measured by volume rather than by weight. The EP measurement system again utilises a Venturi conveying system to extract material from the silo and deliver it to a fabric receiving hopper situated above the volumetric measurement hopper. The receiving hopper


May 2019 incorporates the same feed manifold and conveying air removal system as the bulk silos and is fitted with a rotary discharge valve to supply material to the volumetric hopper beneath. The rotary valve is utilised to ensure a controlled and constant feed rate of EP is achieved into the volumetric hopper to enhance volume accuracy. The volumetric hopper is designed to produce a known volume batch of EP in accordance with the pre-specified recipe requirements. Upon receipt of the recipe information the rotary valve will begin to discharge material into the volumetric hopper. The material level within the hopper is continuously monitored using three ultrasonic sensors which take an average reading from 3 separate positions within the hopper to compensate for potential level fluctuations across the upper surface. This averaged level reading is used to calculate the material batch volume, upon reaching the required batch volume the rotary valve will stop and the batch is identified as complete and ready for transfer to the required tumbler destination. EP Delivery The EP delivery system transfers the pre-measured batch of material from the volumetric hopper to the required tumbler destination. This transfer is again completed using a Venturi conveying system via a single conveying pipe which incorporates eleven diverter valves to permit automated routing to any of the twelve tumblers. Upon receipt of the transfer request and confirmation of interlock satisfaction the volumetric hopper discharge valve is opened, the conveying system blower is started and material is removed from the hopper under negative pressure. The EP material is conveyed directly into the tumbler through a dedicated connection spigot and conveying air is expelled through the tumbler vent assembly. Fibre Delivery The twelve tumblers are divided into two groups of six. The fibre delivery system to group one is of semiautomatic operation with material extracted from sacks whilst the delivery to group two is fully automated with extraction from bulk bags. Each tumbler is equipped with the same fibre feed system which comprises of an agitated feed hopper and discharge screw to convey material into the tumbler. Above this feed hopper is a vacuum conveying hopper which is mounted upon a multi-point load cell weigh frame to provide accurate batch weighment of fibre materials. With the semi-automated system the operator is required to manually insert the extraction lance into the fibre material sack. Material is then conveyed from the sack under vacuum to the weigh hopper, upon reaching the required target weight the vacuum conveying system stops and the weigher discharge valve opens therefore dropping the contents into the feed hopper beneath. If multiple fibre inclusions are required then the above process is

repeated until all recipe requirements are fulfilled. The automated fibre delivery system operates similarly to the manual system, however materials are conveyed to the vacuum weigh hoppers directly from one of two FIBC discharge stations. Both discharge stations incorporate drop through rotary valves to control the feed of material into a single conveying line. Five diverter valves are positioned within the conveying line to permit the automated routing of material to any of the six tumbler lines.

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May 2019 Fibre Delivery

materials.

The twelve tumblers are divided into two groups of six. The fibre delivery system to group one is of semiautomatic operation with material extracted from sacks whilst the delivery to group two is fully automated with extraction from bulk bags.

With the semi-automated system the operator is required to manually insert the extraction lance into the fibre material sack. Material is then conveyed from the sack under vacuum to the weigh hopper, upon reaching the required target weight the vacuum conveying system stops and the weigher discharge valve opens therefore dropping the contents into the feed hopper beneath. If multiple fibre inclusions are required then the above process is repeated until all recipe requirements are fulfilled.

Each tumbler is equipped with the same fibre feed system which comprises of an agitated feed hopper and discharge screw to convey material into the tumbler. Above this feed hopper is a vacuum conveying hopper which is mounted upon a multi-point load cell weigh frame to provide accurate batch weighment of fibre

Finished Product Batching The finished product (coated EP) is extracted from the tumbler and transferred to a storage hopper using a Venturi conveying system as with the uncoated EP systems. The storage hopper is fitted with a bespoke air separator unit which is designed to reduce the product velocity and remove surplus conveying air. From the storage hopper the finished product is discharged into a weighed tote bin via a multi-position slide valve. The operator sets the required batch weight from the local HMI display panel before commencing the discharge sequence, upon arrival at the target weight the discharge valve closes. The tote bin is then removed and replace with an empty one before the next batch discharge commences.

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The automated fibre delivery system operates similarly to the manual system, however materials are conveyed to the vacuum weigh hoppers directly from one of two FIBC discharge stations. Both discharge stations incorporate drop through rotary valves to control the feed of material into a single conveying line. Five diverter valves are positioned within the conveying line to permit the automated routing of material to any of the six tumbler lines.


May 2019 Control System The control philosophy for the EPS and fibre handling system comprises of a central automation panel housing the main PLC and HMI display with a number of distributed remote I/O and operator display panels. The central master HMI and remote HMI display screens provide the operators with both a graphical representation of the physical plant arrangement and specific data relating to the current system status together with operation prompting and alarm monitoring. Automated control setup and manual operation of certain functions is also provided via data entry and push button functionality. In addition to the above engineering & diagnosis functionality is provides via a number of password protected engineering pages. Central Automation Panel The central automation panel houses the main Siemens S7 PLC which provides automated control of the EP intake, measurement and delivery system. This panel also incorporates the master HMI screen providing graphical and data information, system controls, alarm monitoring and configuration for the entire materials handling system. Intake display panel The intake panel is located adjacent to the EP unloading area and incorporates a HMI unit providing specific information relating to the EP intake system. This display provides system information, controls, alarm monitoring, configuration and allows the operator to set the delivery type, intake material, silo destination and conveying parameters.

Fibre conveying panels 1 – 12 Each fibre weigher incorporates a locally mounted control panel housing a remote I/O module together with motor starters & variable speed drive for the associated feeder station. These panels provide automated control of the fibre conveying, weighing and feeding to the blender. Outloading panel The out-loading panel is located adjacent to the finished product weighing system and incorporates a remote I/O module providing automated control of the finished product conveying, storage and weighing system. This panel also incorporates a HMI display providing operator information for the tote bin filling and weighing system. Network hub panel All communication between plant control panels is provided via an Ethernet network. The Network panel provides a central connection hub for the Ethernet network. For more information on the products, services and solutions offered by C J Waterhouse Company Limited please: visit us at www.cjwaterhouse.co.uk email us at sales@cjwaterhouse.co.uk or call us on +44 (0) 1636 610792

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CAE expert EPLAN has launched ePULSE, the company’s based systems that bring together data, projects, With a standard internet browser, ePULSE users can access applications that enhance the existing EPLAN product platform with new functions along the whole data-driven value chain. The project data stored in EPLAN ePULSE is both the system description for a company’s in-house manufacturing and customer documentation for all aspects of the digital twin related to automation. The open design of EPLAN ePULSE underpins future plans to ensure compatibility with a wide range of data formats and to provide interfaces with systems from other providers. “We’re using agile development methods for our cloud offering whilst simultaneously focusing on our customers’ needs,” says Sebastian Seitz, Chief Executive Officer at EPLAN and Cideon. “EPLAN ePULSE serves as an efficient connection between end customers, machine and plant suppliers, and component manufacturers in industrial production. In this era of digitisation, ePULSE allows our customers to rely 100 per cent on digital data.” “To further develop our ideas for cloud-based solutions,” he continued, “we have created a new business unit that operates in the style of today’s very effective think tanks. Experiments are carried out here and discussed with customers and partners.” Other EPLAN cloud-based systems include EPLAN eVIEW, with which engineering projects generated using the EPLAN Platform will be directly accessible in the cloud, the EPLAN Data Portal which offers web-based access to high-quality product catalogues of numerous component manufacturers, and a cloud-based version of EPLAN Cogineer which will make it possible to generate schematics from a template library directly in a browser with just a few mouse clicks.


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foundation for a complete network of clouddisciplines and engineers around the world.

More Speed. More Automation. More Schematic. EPLAN Cogineer.

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T&D Corporation Mr Minoru Ito, European Sales Office, Gronauer Straße 1, 61194 Niddatal, Germany 0049 (0)6034 930970 europe.office@tandd.de www.tandd.com

Unit 3A, Whitworth Court, Manor Park, Runcorn WA7 1WA. Tel.: (0044)-330 002 0640, sales@odu-uk.co.uk www.odu-uk.co.uk

ECi Software Solutions

TR Fastenings LTD

Si One, St Ives Business Park, Parsons Green, St Ives, PE27 4AA +44 (0) 333 123 0333   www.eci.eu     eu-sales@ecisolutions.com

Trifast House, Bellbrook Park, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1QW Free phone: 08454 811 800 E-mail: sales@trfastenings.com www.trfastenings.com

Phoenix Mecano Ltd

Blackfast Chemicals Ltd

26 Faraday Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP19 8RY +44 (0)1296 611660 www.phoenix-mecano.co.uk

Unit 5 Russell House , Molesey Road, Walton-onThames, Surrey, KT12 3PE 0207 339 7370, sales@blackfast.com www.blackfast.com

Monitran

Ecopac (UK) Power Ltd

Monitran Ltd, Monitor House, 33 Hazlemere Road, Penn, HP10 8AD, UK T: +44 (0)1494 816569 E: info@monitran.com www.monitran.com

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ODU-UK LTD.

Unit 4, Ridgeway, Crendon Industrial Area, Long Crendon, Bucks, HP18 9BF Tel: +44 1844204420 www.ecopacpower.co.uk


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